President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration is bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the heart of the District.
As you might expect, the influx of people will cause road closures and Metro adjustments. Getting to the Mall, and around D.C. in general, will prove difficult. Here’s a guide to make life easier for anyone planning on being in D.C. on Inauguration Day.
The actual day of the inauguration won’t be the only day impacted by road closures; the event will cause road closures throughout the entire weekend.
A bulk of the closures come between 3 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, and until the parade concludes at approximately 6 p.m. on January 20.
The D.C. Government has broken down 2017 inauguration street closures into several subcategories broken down by zones.
Read the full guide on closures here.
- Metrorail will open at 4 a.m. and close at midnight. Peak fares will be in effect from 4 a.m. until 9 p.m. After 9 p.m., off-peak fares will be in effect
- Five of Metro’s 91 stations — Archives, Mt Vernon Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian and Pentagon – will be closed due to enhanced security measures.
- For 17 consecutive hours — from opening until 9 p.m. — trains will run frequently on all lines, including “Rush Plus” service on the Yellow Line between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt
- Riders planning to use Metro are encouraged to purchase their SmarTrip card in advance to avoid long lines on Inauguration Day. (Each rider age 5 or older needs his/her own SmarTrip card to enter and exit the system.) Before January 13, visit wmata.com/inauguration to purchase a special $10 one-day pass good for unlimited Metrorail and Metrobus trips on Inauguration Day.
- Metro recommends that riders plan their trip to the National Mall without transferring between lines. There is a station near the National Mall on each Metro line.
- On Saturday, Metro will open at 5 a.m. and operate on an “enhanced Saturday schedule” to accommodate the Women’s March on Washington.
- Metrobus will operate “Saturday Supplemental” service (Saturday schedule with additional trips on selected routes). Check wmata.com for details.
- Approximately 50 routes will operate with detours due to Inauguration events and road closures. Expect delays and detours. Please allow additional time.
- Routes that normally cross the National Mall will turn around at special locations outside the secure area; use Metrorail instead. Visit wmata.com/inauguration for information
- Temporary bus stops will be marked around the security perimeter of the event where bus routes will end.
- Metro has approximately 60,000 parking spaces in 29 lots and 22 garages throughout the Washington region for private motorists to park on Inauguration Day. Many of these facilities are located near major highways, such as I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway).
- Tour buses are not permitted to park at Metro stations or use Metro bus facilities or roadways. Follow tour bus instructions on dc.gov.
- Regular weekday parking rates will be charged as you exit the garage and may be paid by credit card.
- Parking facilities at Metro stations may reach capacity early on Inauguration Day. Have a backup plan in the event that your selected parking facility is full.
- Animals other than service/guide animals
- Backpacks and bags exceeding size restrictions (18” by 13” by 7”)
- Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
- Glass, thermal, or metal containers
- Laser pointers
- Mace / Pepper spray
- Selfie Sticks
- Signs exceeding the size restrictions (20’ x 3’ x 1/4”)
- Supports for signs and placards
- Toy guns
- Weapons of any kind
- Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards
D.C. AREA AIRPORTS
The influx of passengers may produce longer-than-usual wait times at airline ticket counters and security checkpoints as well as congestion on airport roads.
The authority says it’s also planning to offer all-day parking on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, in its garages at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Parking for the day will cost $10. The authority says reservations will be required and are limited to the first 1,200 bookings.
The District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS) will provide the following emergency care assistance:
- First aid shelters
- Emergency shelters
- Warming sites
- Warming tents
- Family reunification sites
SPECIALS AND DEALS
( List via Washingtonian)
- Bar Pilar is hosting a Thanks, Obama” send-off party with specials honoring Obama’s hometown of Hawaii.
- Go to McClellan’s Retreat and grab a special Civil War-era cocktail.
- Drop by Denizens Brewing Co. for an all-day happy hour and a toast to “Inaugural Idiocracy.”
- Alfa Pie House is serving an 8-ounce La Colombe drip coffee and pie for a discounted price of $1.20 on Inauguration Day.
- Carmine’s is hosting an Inauguration Day buffet or sit-down breakfast.
- Grab the brand new “Farewell Obama” doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken.
- If you’re in the mood for a $12 cocktail including District Distilling Co.’s Checkerbank Gin, Capitoline Rosè Vermouth, Don Ciccio & Figli Nocino, Amaro Montenegro, and lemon visit Bar Dupont.
- A number of bars and restaurants are offering specials for Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. See the list here.
For more information on Inauguration Day 2017, visit here.
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