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More Metro Station Closings for Inauguration

Metro riders please take note. Two more rail stations will be closed for much of the day on Inauguration Day. The Judiciary Square Metrorail station on the Red Line and the Mt.Vernon Sq/7th St Convention Center Metrorail station on the Yellow and Green lines will close early for security reasons, at the request of the U.S. Secret Service, officials said.

The Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St Convention Center Metrorail station will close at 7:30 a.m., and the Judiciary Square Metrorail station will close at 4
p.m. because of their proximity to locations hosting Inaugural Balls. Both stations are scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m., on Wednesday, January 21.

Metro is encouraging people to use nearby stations such as the Metro Center, Gallery Pl-Chinatown or Union Station Metrorail stations.

Two other Metro stations close to the parade route and the Mall will be closed all day: Archives-Navy Memorial on the Yellow and Green lines, and Smithsonian on the Blue and Orange lines.

-- By Lena H. Sun

By Mike McPhate  |  January 12, 2009; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Inauguration , Metro  
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Comments

How much sense does this make? Huge areas will be closed to vehicular traffic and people are (appropriately) being encouraged to use transit. Except they can't get on/off anywhere near where they're going. I can understand Archives, since it's within the secured parade route, but there's insufficient justification for closing the other stations. All this will do is reduce station options, leading to greater overcrowding at the fewer remaining stations. And if you're going to one of the many official balls at the Convention Center, wouldn't taking Metro have been the most sensible way to get there?

The Secret Service has gone mad with power.

Posted by: jescowa | January 13, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The closing of Judiciary Square and Mount Vernon make sense because they are closing them due to proximity to balls (read security). It is not far to walk to the convention center or to the National Building Museum from Gallery Place metro. It's less than half a mile. If you can't walk those distances, you probably should not be attending a ball.

And it still is less than a mile to walk to the mall/ the parade route from multiple stations downtown that will be open. Again, if you cannot walk that far, you should not be attending an event where you have to stand the whole time.

Stop being lazy and use the two feet you were born with. Or stay home and watch it on tv.


That being said, why is mount vernon being closed so early in the day for an event that will happen at night? I was thinking that could be a good station for green liners to leave from to avoid the crowds at gallery place (and also useful for workers in the area).

Posted by: lagriesbauer | January 13, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@ Lagriesbauer

Don't criticize what you don't know. I live in the city (near the Convention Center, in fact) and haven't owned a car in over ten years, so don't make assumptions about being too lazy to walk. The Mall is probably a mile from my home and I have every intention of walking there to witness the swearing-in (though they have made it nearly impossible to get to the Mall from the north side of Pennsylvania Ave--Virginians with bridge access will have it easiear as it will probably be a 3-mile journey to get around the parade route from Shaw).

As you correctly note MVS station is being closed way too early for events that don't begin until 7p or later. That was what initially sparked my reaction, but the fact that thousands of people will be trying to get to the many balls at the Convention Center also needs to be weighed against security concerns, which cannot be allowed to trump every other consideration.

Posted by: jescowa | January 14, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I posted the other comment. I'm not really sure what you are refering to when you say I don't know what I'm talking about. Perhaps you should do a little research. According to the WaPo map, there is a pedestrian crossover to cross the parade route and reach the mall at 7th st. and Penn. Ave. Should be pretty easy for you to reach. Check it out http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2008/12/04/GR2008120402930.html

And in terms of laziness, you are complaining that Mount Vernon square will be closed. It is five blocks north on 7th street (a straight shot) from gallery place to the convention center. That is not far to walk. If someone thinks that is far, then I say they are either lazy or probably shouldn't be attending an event where standing (oh and dancing) is going to happen. Just my opinion. If you are worried about over crowding, Gallery place is capable of handling the crowds that will be attending those balls (it's capabale of handling the thousands of people that attend sporting events and concerts at verizon center, the number attending balls in that area is smaller than that).

Another option for greenliners attending the ball is to get off at Shaw and walk south on 7th (though I would probably only do this with a group of people. I used to live in the Truxton Circle area so I know the neighborhood. Saftey in numbers).

Redliners who want to avoid crowding at a station could take a cab from Dupont Circle metro or Union Station metro (easy shots down Mass Ave. from both sides). Yes an added cost but if you hate crowds it's an option. I think patience will be the keyword for Tuesday.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | January 14, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I meant you don't know what you're talking about when you said "Stop being lazy and use the two feet you were born with. Or stay home and watch it on tv." I walked a mile and a half each way to work for years, so I don't appreciate a stranger telling me to stop being lazy.

But that's beside the point. The pedestrian crossover is only useful once you clear parade security. The Mall will not be secured, so there is no reason for me (having no desire to attend the parade) to clog security lines for those who do. Also, the crossover will be irrelevant after the swearing in, by which time the parade access will presumably be closed due to capacity restrictions.

For what it's worth, I can walk to the Convention Center in ten minutes (I do it every morning), so it's not a personal complaint. But unlike you, I think that just because someone is elderly or disabled and unable to walk half a mile to get somewhere is no reason to exclude them from the festivities.

Posted by: jescowa | January 14, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I meant you don't know what you're talking about when you said "Stop being lazy and use the two feet you were born with. Or stay home and watch it on tv." I walked a mile and a half each way to work for years, so I don't appreciate a stranger accusing me of being too lazy to walk.

But that's beside the point. The pedestrian crossover is only useful once you clear parade security. The Mall will not be secured, so there is no reason for me (having no desire to attend the parade) to clog security lines for those who do. Also, the crossover will be irrelevant after the swearing in, by which time the parade access will presumably be closed due to capacity restrictions.

For what it's worth, I can walk to the Convention Center in ten minutes (I do it every morning), so it's not a personal complaint. But unlike you, I think that just because someone is elderly or disabled and unable to walk half a mile to get somewhere is no reason to exclude them from the festivities.

Posted by: jescowa | January 14, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

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