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Escalator Watch at Foggy Bottom

As the swearing-in ceremony draws hundreds of spectators are coming up from Foggy Bottom Metro station, which is a chronic problem area because it has one exit with three escalators, but at the moment, it's working well.

One escalator goes up, one goes down and one is turned off for use as a stairway. There's a bit of a backup at the up escalator, but I've seen that far worse on weekdays. As I walked up the stairway, a woman ahead of me realized that this might not be the experience she as seeking, and she began to falter, but made it.

You'll probably encounter a lot of turned off escalators this afternoon, so keep in mind that they may look quicker but you'd prefer the wait for the moving escalator.

Once out of the station, everyone turns left and walks down 23rd Street NW to the Lincoln Memorial area and fans out from there.

Inside the security zone, many streets are a walker's paradise this morning.

But I've been outside the most difficult area for pedestrians, which is the Pennsylvania Avenue barrier. There are only a few crossings along the parade route to reach the Mall.
The better bets are crossing at the Third Street Tunnel to the east and 18th Street NW or beyond to the west.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 20, 2009; 10:44 AM ET
Categories:  Inauguration  
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you better be turning right on 23rd after you leeave the metro elevators at Foggy Bottom, or you are walking to Georgetown

Posted by: cadman | January 20, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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