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Metro Will Charge $4 to Park on Inauguration Day

I was hoping it would be a one-bill transaction, like a five dollar or 10 dollar bill. But Metro says it can't charge more for parking than it generally does now without holding a public hearing, and there isn't time.

So when you arrive at the Metro parking garages and lots on Jan. 20, have four dollar bills to hand to a parking attendant as you enter. The gates will be up when you exit. Cash is the only form of payment for parking on Inauguration Day. No fumbling for SmarTrip cards on the way out.

Metro's parking facilities are going to open at 3:30 a.m. The stations will open at 4 a.m. Don't count on the parking spaces being available for too long.

There will be at least 40,000 spaces available for cars. Buses will be assigned to about 1,200 parking spots.

Once a facility is full, it will be blocked off. The parking attendants will notify Metro and
Metro will post the information on its Web site

The Metro board today also authorized General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. to charge peak fares on Inauguration Day. The original plan called for off-peak fares, but Catoe said the day is going to be so expensive for Metro that he wants to reduce the financial burden somewhat.

He also decided to extend the peak service from 15 hours to 17 hours (4 a.m. to 9 p.m.) because the afternoon's inaugural parade is likely to go long and it will take many, many hours to clear out the crowd.

See also Lena Sun's story on the Inauguration Watch blog.


By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2008; 2:26 PM ET
Categories:  Inauguration , Metro  
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What's Metro going to do if at 2AM; there are long lines of people at stations still waiting for a train home?

Posted by: George131 | December 21, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Well the ceremony is at noon and the parade is scheduled to start around 2:30pm. Shouldn't last more than an hour I would think, so 8 plus hours to get on a train should be plenty of time. Is metro extending service past midnight for the balls?

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | December 22, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Until 2AM. But given the capacity limits, many people will be waiting downtown, perhaps at their own parties, well past the parade.

I wonder if will post realtime crowding reports for the various stations "30 minute delay at Union Station" etc.

Posted by: George131 | December 24, 2008 2:59 AM | Report abuse

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