Which Maps Are Most Helpful?
A commenter on a previous entry has created a Web page that includes several interactive maps on road closures and pedestrian routes, some Post maps, a feed of inauguration transportation news and some links to other good sources of inauguration travel information.
Here's the link, in case you want to bookmark it. What maps -- whether printed or online -- have you found most helpful in your planning?
Please do keep in mind as you look at our site or any other that some your experience may vary on Tuesday. These are some of the variables I see:
* The Secret Service could block off additional streets in Washington for security reasons.
* Police in any jurisdiction across the region could shut off roads or highway ramps for safety if they think traffic congestion is reaching potentially dangerous levels.
* While we've collectively written enough inauguration previews to fill the Grand Canyon, there are plenty of people who will come into town without a serious plan, get surprised and slow down many others as they contemplate alternatives.
* Even though we're putting a lot of pressure on Metro, I still think that's the best way to go on wheels Tuesday, but we don't know when the Metro parking areas will fill (Metro predicts by 6 a.m.), how the trains will perform under 17 hours of peak level service, or whether the buses will be able to keep to any sort of schedule.
* As information about inauguration travel proliferated and evolved, not every online site could keep up with the changes, so I guide you printed out a week ago should be double checked today.
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