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The Secret Service thinks estimates of 4 million inauguration attendees may be a little steep -- but will, of course, prepare for largest possibly crowds.
Law enforcement officials would not commit to any notion that security will be tighter or that there will be excessively more police than in years past. The only hint of that came from a spokeswoman from the DC’s Metropolitan Police Department who said that the number of police coming in from 96 law enforcement agencies around the country to be on hand has gone up from 3,000 in 2005 to 4,000 for this inaugural.
DC’s Metro Transit police are also asking for assistance from other similar transit police forces around the country.
Overall, officials said that the security plan is robust and they will be able to handle any crowd that comes, but that the final plans are still being worked out.
Among remaining gaps is evacuation planning, with Metro saying they can only move out 120,000 an hour. Mayor Fenty's office is seeking a boost to the $15 million Congress has provided for security, WTOP reports.
However many million do show up, the crowd may include a few more kids with Baltimore's schools joining the list of those ,giving students Inauguration Day off. Big Obama donors of course will be in town as well; the biggest ($50,000 individual donation, $300,000 bundled) are receiving a four-day perks package, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
And for a diverse crowd there are diverse travel options. If the kids bring their bikes, they'll have valet parking. The high rollers, meanwhile, might prefer the Fort Lauderdale-to-Baltimore "Yes We Can" Cruise.
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