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Metro: Access Tough for Those With Disabilities, Seniors on Inauguration Day

People with disabilities and senior citizens might find riding Metro difficult on Inauguration Day because of the large crowds, Metro officials said today. Boarding crowded trains could prove challenging and many escalators will be turned off that day to help with crowd control, meaning riders will be asked to walk up the escalators. Elevators access is likely to be limited because of the large number of people waiting to use them, officials said.

Metrobus will operate special service on 23 "Presidential" corridors on Inauguration Day, but buses on local routes will likely be delayed by street closures and heavy traffic throughout the Washington region, the transit agency said.

"Although Metrobus and Metrorail are fully accessible, and Metro is making every effort to ensure that this historic event is accessible to as many people as possible, security and environmental restrictions will make travel especially challenging for people with disabilities and senior citizens," Christian T. Kent, Metro's Assistant General Manager of Access Services, said in a statement.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 12, 2009; 10:47 AM ET  | Category:  Crowds , Transportation
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