Slugging. It's OK in Washington DC. Trust Me.

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Slug line to the Pentagon and Ft Belvoir....a Washington DC institution.
Pentagon with DC skyline

A couple years ago, I wrote a blog post about transportation options for folks moving to a duty station at the Pentagon.

Alert reader Nancy Murray, a retired Navy commander who was stationed at the Pentagon some years back, left a comment that she had "slugged in from Fairfax Station".

I had  forgotten about THE SLUG LINE.




Slugging is a cross between organized hitch hiking and random carpooling.

It is human ingenuity at its best. As my friend Rich who slugs to the State Dept. says: "Slugging is an example of a government policy (HOV lanes) creating the desired  government result (cheap alternative transportation) without government involvement".

no this is not the Pentagon's north lotWhat is slugging? Well, slugging has become so organized and entrenched that is has its own superb website that explains the whole thing better than I can.

The system of slugging is quite simple.

A car needing additional passengers to meet the required 3- person high occupancy vehicle (HOV) minimum pulls up to one of the known slug lines.

The driver usually positions the car so that the slugs are on the passenger side. The driver either displays a sign with the destination or simply lowers the passenger window, to call out the destination, such as "Pentagon," "L’Enfant Plaza," or "14th & New York."

The slugs first in line for that particular destination then hop into the car, normally confirming the destination, and off they go."

For a local interest story of real life slugging visit: Congressman joins the slugline

If you or friends are moving out of Northern Virginia
...away from Slug
 Mountain views near Colorado SpringsCentral to the more peaceful climes of Colorado Springs and you need real estate assistance....a good place to start would be our alert reader friend Nancy Murray.

Nancy is a Realtor in Colorado Springs with knowledge of DC and miltary relocation...from both sides.

You can see Nancy's profile at: Nancy Murray  once you are at Nancy's profile, you can check out her Colorado Springs real estate blog by clicking on it over on the left side of the profile page.

She would be happy to help make your relocation a smooth one.

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Steve, I've heard of Slug lines before...interesting twist on car pooling.

Feb 09, 2012 09:42 AM #1
Jill Sackler
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This is a great idea kept simple. I love that the government is not involved in its implementation.


Feb 10, 2012 01:38 AM #2
Greg Gillespie
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I have never heard of that before.  I think it may be time to move out in the open country, but I'm glad it seems to work for them...

Feb 10, 2012 04:38 AM #3
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