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Concert for Valor: Travel, Metro, Entry Points and more you need to know

Written By | Nov 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, November 11, 2014 – Today’s A-List stars for the 3-hour Concert of Valor on the Mall in Washington, DC include Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Rihanna, Eminem, Black Keys, Dave Grohl, Jessie J Metalllica, Zac Brown, Jennifer Hudson and many more.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-60s this evening and the evening is expected to be slightly cloudy, but dry. If you are planning on attending, you have hopefully already left.

HBO, Chase Bank and Starbucks are behind today’s big event. Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks is in DC to meet with veterans and lawmakers and talk about his book, co-authored with Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran– “For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice” (Alfred A. Knopf.)

Visiting NBC’s Meet The Press Schultz spoke about veterans and the dedication of the active military.

“I was at West Point on Friday. I spent the entire day with an extraordinary group of young cadets. Everywhere I went, you saw three words, ‘Honor, country, and duty.’ Can you imagine if people in Washington, the new Congress, the administration, embraced those words and lived by that? We would be in a much better position than we are today.”

Starbucks CEO, President and Chairman Howard Schultz

Starbucks CEO, President and Chairman Howard Schultz

Shultz speaks of the millions of veterans re-entering civilian including more than two and a half million have served in Iraq for the last 15 year citing that veterans are “high performance people who can add great value to business and that it would be catalytic to the country if business hired these veterans.”

Concert for Valor map

Concert for Valor map

Tens of Millions of people are expected to attend the concert or tune into the Live HBO broadcast. More than 800,000 persons are expected to attend the event on the mall.

The following public entry points will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and will remain open until the concert venue can no longer accommodate additional people:

  • 4th Street NW and Madison Drive NW
  • 4th Street SW and Jefferson Drive SW
  • 7th Street NW and Madison Drive SW
  • 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
  • 12th Street NW and Madison Drive NW
  • 12th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
  • 14th Street NW and Madison Drive NW
  • 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW

The following public entry points will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and will remain open until the concert venue can no longer accommodate additional people:

  • 15th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
  • 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW

If you do the math, that means 80,000 people will be going through each of these checkpoints and all attendees, including general public and ticketed guests, are subject to a thorough security screening before entering the concert venue. Needless to say, allow additional time for the security screening, as it is expected that lines will be long.

Heavy security will be in effect and patrons should not bring any chairs, bags or backpacks, bikes or coolers to the event. Also prohibited are alcohol, explosive, glass containers weapons or animals (except for service animals), drones, lasers, tents, mace/pepper spray.

Basically get dressed, put your phone, id, Metro card and cash in a safe pockets and leave everything else at home. Remember the less security needs to monitor or inspect, the smoother the event will be for everyone.

For those hoping to attend the event, roads surrounding the mall are closed as is Metro’s Blue Line between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt. The Smithsonian metro station will be closed today. Metro is saying for today “The Blue Line is Yellow” Why? According to Metro a Yellow Line train gets Virginia riders to the concert 12 minutes faster than a Blue Line train.

This, in turn, means that Metro can run trains more frequently and maximize space for other riders. Yellow trains will run as frequently as every three minutes before and after the event.

Metro will be running “Rush Hour” service following the concert and there will be increased service on Yellow Line trains and free shuttles from the Pentagon and Rosslyn station to Arlington National Cemetery. Metro lines will remain running longer to accommodate those attending the concert.

The concert, schedule for between 3:00 and 7:00pm this evening, will be broadcast by sponsor HBO and available on the Concert for Valor website. If you are at the event, or trying to get there, and need updates text VALOR2014 to 888777.

Metro offers the following information information on service for Veterans Day

Stations: All stations will be open EXCEPT Smithsonian, because it is located within the security zone for the concert.

Hours: Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Selected stations near the National Mall will remain open after midnight until all passengers in line are accommodated (see below for details).

Trains: To allow for faster, more frequent direct service to and from the event, as well as more 8-car trains, Yellow Line trains will replace Blue Line trains for one day only. See Blue Line information below.

Schedule: Trains will start the day on a Saturday schedule (every 12 minutes), gradually ramping up to rush-hour service levels (every 2-3 minutes in most places) immediately before and after the concert.

Buses: Metrobus service will run on a Saturday schedule with supplemental trips earlier and later in the day for those commuting to work. See your route timetable for details or use Trip Planner. Some bus routes that travel across or near the National Mall will be detoured or shortened [more info].

Fares and Parking: Veterans Day is a federal holiday. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day. Parking will be free at all Metro-owned parking facilities.

Stations Near National Mall Open Late

The following nine (9) stations near the National Mall will remain open past midnight for concert attendees: Metro Center, Federal Triangle, L’Enfant Plaza, Archives, Gallery Place, Federal Center SW, Union Station, Judiciary Square and Capitol South. Riders must be in line by midnight. All other Metrorail stations will be available for “exit only” until the system closes.

Blue Line Turns Yellow for a Day

To provide the fastest, most direct trip for the greatest number of riders — and to provide longer, more frequent trains — on Veterans Day only, Metro will replace Blue Line trains with additional Yellow Line trains.

Blue Line Alternatives

Arlington Cemetery: Metro will provide both rail and bus service to Arlington Cemetery throughout the day. Special trains will run continuously from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m. between Arlington Cemetery and Reagan National Airport, making stops at Pentagon (Yellow Line transfer point), Pentagon City and Crystal City stations. Also, riders can take free shuttle bus service to Arlington Cemetery from either Rosslyn or Pentagon stations. Buses will depart every 12 minutes from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Traveling between Rosslyn & Pentagon: Riders traveling between Rosslyn and Pentagon have several options:

Take the Yellow and Orange/Silver lines instead. Transfer at L’Enfant Plaza.

Free shuttle bus service will run every 12 minutes from 5 a.m. to midnight between Rosslyn and Pentagon stations.

Bus Service: Regular Metrobus and ART service may provide a good alternative for some riders. Check the Trip Planner at and select the “bus only” option.

More information available in the attached, printable, Concert for Valor Guide

Jacquie Kubin

Jacquie Kubin

Jacquie Kubin is an award-winning writer and wanderer. She turns her thoughts to an eclectic mix of stories - from politics to sports. Restless by nature and anxious to experience new things, both in the real world and online, Jacquie mostly shares travel and culinary highlights, introduces readers to the chefs and creative people she meets and shares the tips, life and travel information people want to read.