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Charter Bus Watch: 3,000 Registered So Far

As officials try to predict how big the crowd will be at the inauguration, one obvious place to look has been at the number of charter buses. At one point several weeks ago, officials and media accounts placed the number of charter buses planning to come to Washington at more than 10,000.

So far, however, only 3,000 have registered with the District for parking spaces along city streets (there will be special zones reserved across the city for the buses). That's about one-third of the spaces the city had set aside. Post reporter Mary Beth Sheridan reports that D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty seemed uncertain why the registration was lower than expected. At a news conference this morning, Fenty said: "We could see a lot of registration leading up [to the inauguration] or a lot of people who still will bring buses and not register."

By David A Nakamura  |  January 13, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  | Category:  Transportation
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The upcoming inaugural attendance predicitons look more and more like a typical Washington DC weather forecasters issuance of a winter storm watch. The watch kicks in several days before any moisture or cold air appear anywhere near the continental 48. The hand wringing and live feeds from Safeway, Giant and Home Depot interrupt regularly scheduled programming to alert viewers of how their friends and neighbors are preparing for the imminent 10 foot blizzard that will close schools and government for days. As we prepare for bed, the watch has become a winter storm WARNING, meaning death and destruction is imminent! We go to bed. taking a quick glance out the window to get one last look at the green grass that will not be visible again for weeks.

We wake in the morning to the alarm clock we forgot to turn off the previous night, only to hear from out local meteorogogist that the winter storm warning has been cancelled, but beware, there remains a winter weather advisory for the far northern and western suburbs. he or she boatsts that had you been awake at 2:45 a.m., you would have heard them report that the storm moved just to the (pick one: north, south, east or west) of us, but, much to the meteorologists dismay, local schools closed anyway.

This Inauguration has been so over-hyped that it scared many people from coming. Witness the absence of charter busses and the thousands of apartments, homes and hotel rooms available to rent at very reasonable prices all over the DC metro area.

The no-shows are a blessing for Metro, as the system can barely make it through a normal rush hour without incident, the predicted masses would have absolutely collapsed the system.

Enjoy the show on TV.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | January 13, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Get your bread, milk, and duct tape with the Obama logo on them!


Now if we can only de-fund the Secret Service and make them take down every barrier, bollard, and concrete planter creating a fence between WE THE PEOPLE and our government.

Posted by: bs2004 | January 13, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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