Maryland Transportation Authority
The Maryland Transportation Authority will have special MARC Train and Commuter Bus services for the events surrounding the Maryland Luther King Holiday on January 19 and the Inauguration of the President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday, January 20.
If planning to attend Inauguration Day events on the National Mall and in downtown Washington DC, it is suggested that you utilize public transportation – MetroRail and MetroBus. Many streets surrounding the Capitol and the National Mall will be closed to vehicles and parking.
On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, Metrorail will operate rush hour service for 17 consecutive hours (4 a.m. to 9 p.m.), will stay open for two extra hours (until 2 a.m.), charge $4 for parking at its facilities.
Metro officials expect extremely crowded conditions on Inauguration Day. Metrorail stations and trains will be packed as people head to the Inauguration, and expect to see even tighter conditions afterward. Expect the crowds to be huge with hundreds of thousands of people expected to be in the nation's capital not only for Inauguration Day, but for the days preceding it as well.
The U.S. Secret Service has deemed the Inauguration as a special national security event and due to security measures, the Archives-Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter Metrorail station on Metro's Green and Yellow Lines, will be closed all day on Inauguration Day, Tuesday, January 20. In addition the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange Lines will also be closed all day on Inauguration Day.
More questions? Visit Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority - www.wmata.com.