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Video: Voices of the Inaugural Ceremony

According to reports from D.C. police this morning, they estimated a crowd of 1.8 million individuals. Today's Post is reporting more than 1 million were in attendance to see the historic Inauguration, battling lines, traffic and cold weather without too...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 21, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Road Closures Around National Cathedral

The majority of roads closed yesterday have been reopened in the District, the D.C. Dept. of Transportation said, though a few streets will be closed near the National Cathedral from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. for the National Prayer Service...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Traffic Alert: Avoid Downtown

Traffic is a mess downtown, including near the Verizon Center, site of tonight's Kid's Inaugural Concert. A Post reporter who came from Capitol Hill to the Washington Post building at 15th and L Streets reports sitting in traffic for 1...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 06:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

Metro's Judiciary Square Station: F Street Entrance Closed

Secret Service asked Metro to close one of the Judiciary Square station entrances at 4 p.m. today, three hours earlier than it had previously requested. (Initially, the F Street entrance was scheduled to close at 7 p.m. for an event...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 04:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Send Us a Twitter, See It on Television

No one knows what traffic will be like on Inauguration Day -- but the Post will be out in force in the Washington area trying to get as much information out to readers as we can. There are several ways...

By Washington Post Editors | January 19, 2009; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Last Minute Preparations

* There are long lines at the ticket kiosks at Metro's Union Station stop, with people standing 10 deep. The trains are crowded almost as bad as rush hour, reports the Post's Mary Beth Sheridan. * The size of the...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

Tips on Inauguration Travel and Fashion

Post reporters Eric Weiss and Lena Sun took questions earlier today about the gridlock from Sunday's "We Are One" concert and tomorrow's transportation nightmare. Some excerpts follow: Washington, D.C.: Can you confirm that there will be no street parking from...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 19, 2009; 03:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Charter Bus Stuck Under Bridge

Tourists -- sometimes you can't take them anywhere without an embarrassing mishap! A double-decker charter bus from New York that was in D.C. for inauguration weekend got stuck under the CSX rail bridge near the Fort Totten Metro station in...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Answers on Inauguration Access and Banned Items

Post reporter David Nakamura and former Secret Service agent Joseph Funk today hosted online discussions in which they answered readers questions about how to navigate and be comfortable at tomorrow's events. Here are some excerpts: From Post inauguration reporter David...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 19, 2009; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

Metro Sets New Sunday Rider Recordship

Metro says yesterday's crowd for the inaugural welcoming ceremony and concert at the Lincoln Memorial set a Sunday ridership record of 616,324 trips, surpassing July 4, 1999 which had 540,945 trips. And the event went relatively smoothly, with no major...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Video: Post's Nakamura on Concert, Planning

The Washington Post's David Nakamura discusses how concert security and transportation has worked and what plans are for Jan. 20 on the MSNBC set on the National Mall. Play Video VIDEO | Post's Nakamura on Washington's Inauguration Preparations...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 18, 2009; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Visitors Land at Area Airports

REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT -- The first big crowd to hit Reagan National Airport showed up just after 1 p.m., when several hundred students from a youth inaugural conference landed at the same time. They packed into the United baggage claim...

By Washington Post Editors | January 17, 2009; 03:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Pass-Through' Town Doesn't Pass Up History

HAVRE DE GRACE, MD -- Nobody in this town expected President-elect Obama's whistle-stop train tour to pause here today -- the slowdown was set for Edgewood, 16 miles west along the honky-tonk ribbon of U.S. Route 40 -- and it...

By Washington Post Editors | January 17, 2009; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Readers Share Survival Tips

Post reporters aren't the only people with experience attending inaugurations. Many longtime Washingtonians and area visitors who have braved the elements and the crowds over the years responded to our call for advice on navigating an inauguration. Here are some...

By Washington Post Editors | January 16, 2009; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (4)

D.C. Extends Tour Bus Registration

Charter buses now have until Saturday to register with the D.C. government for a parking space in the city during Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday. Bus companies can register here....

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 06:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

RFK Stadium Parking for Sunday Concert to Cost $15

The District will allow cars to park at RFK Stadium for $15 Sunday and provide a free shuttle bus to and from the National Mall for Barack Obama's welcome concert at the Lincoln Memorial, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Buses...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 06:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Need a Limo Ride? Get a Permit

VIPs stars will jet into Washington and politicians and corporate big-wigs will glide about town for dozens of Inauguration events. That is, if their hired drivers get permission to drive them around. Hundreds of out-of-state limousine drivers are waiting outside...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 04:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Help Us Help You Survive Inauguration Day

Area officials expect big crowds and lots of traffic on Inauguration Day. We'd like to make surviving the day as easy as possible, so we're asking for your help. The T-Mobile G1. (AP Photo.) On Jan. 20, we're hoping that...

By Washington Post Editors | January 15, 2009; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (2)

More Federal Buildings Open as 'Rest Stops' on Inauguration Day

Federal officials today announced that several government buildings along the inaugural parade route will remain open to the public on Tuesday, providing warmth and restrooms. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the Old Post Office Pavilion (at 12th and Pennsylvania)...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 04:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who Can Use the Virginia Bridges? Here's Who...

Virginia officials added some details to inauguration transportation rules including the definition of what exactly is an “authorized vehicle” that will able to cross the Potomac River Bridges. They include emergency vehicles, taxicabs, for-hire limos and car service, buses (defined...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Georgetown Metro Connection Bus to Operate on Inauguration Day

Though bridges will be closed to private vehicles from Virginia to D.C. on Tuesday, the Georgetown Metro Connection has received approval to keep continue operating across the bridge. The shuttle serves all Metro bus stops in Georgetown and operates express...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nationals Stadium Parking Garage Open for Inauguration

Planning on bringing your car for Inauguration Week and looking for places to park? Nationals Park, the stadium for the city's professional baseball team, is opening one of its garages for the public at a cost of $20 for the...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Virginians: How Will You Get in?

Catamaran? Parasail? Trebuchet? With all the bridges closed down and the Metro likely packed to the roof, Post reporter Brigid Schulte is looking for creative methods Northern Virginians are planning to use to get to the Mall on inauguration day....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 13, 2009; 07:11 PM ET | Comments (6)

Metro Announces Some Stations Will Be Entrance or Exit Only

Several Metrorail stations will have entrances that are restricted to exit-only or entry-only access on Inauguration Day to move as many people as possible into and out of the train system, officials said. For a complete listing of stations designated...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 06:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Montgomery County (Md.) Releases Transportation Information

Planning to make your way from Montgomery County into the District for Tuesday's inaugural festivities? Montgomery government officials today put out some tips on parking, bus schedules and Metro access with a new Web site that will be updated with...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Extends Service on Inaugural Eve Until 2 a.m.

Metro announced today that it will stay open two hours later Monday night to meet demand, running service until 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning. (The normal closing time would have been midnight.) Trains will run during inaugural week on the...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

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...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (2)

2,000 Bike Valet Spots Available on Mall

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association announced that its free valet service will be able to park 2,000 bicycles near the National Mall on inauguration day. There will be two bike lots, one on the south side of the Jefferson Memorial...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Metro's Obama SmarTrip Cards Available at CVS Pharmacies

Metro has made its commemorative SmarTrip cards with Barack Obama's image available at CVS Pharmacies throughout the Washington region. They cost $10 for the card without any fare balance, and can be used before and after Jan 20. Previously,...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Virginia Offers Free Bus Service

Virginia transit officials announced they will be providing free bus service to Metrorail stations, Potomac River bridges and pay for four Metrobus lines that will go into the District. Bridges from Virginia into the District will be closed to regular...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 07:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

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...

By Nikita R Stewart | January 12, 2009; 02:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

Metro Doubling Bus Passenger Service for Airports

Metro is doubling the number of passengers it can carry on its buses that serve the Washington region’s major international airports for Inauguration Weekend, the agency announced. Metro will run additional buses from Friday, Jan. 16, through Wednesday, Jan. 21,...

By Marcia Davis | January 12, 2009; 01:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

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...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bridge Rules Eased for Non-Driving Virginians

Security and transportation officials today eased rules on pedestrians walking over bridges from Virginia on Inauguration Day. The Virginia State Police announced the “clarifications and additions” to the original plan this afternoon. Pedestrians will now be able to use all...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 9, 2009; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

Alexandria Offers Water Taxi Service on Inauguration Day

Yeah, yeah, the bridges from Virginia to the District will be closed to drivers from the Commonwealth on Inauguration Day Jan. 20. But the water is open. How about a water taxi? The U.S. Coast Guard approved such that very...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 06:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Releases Parody to Help With Safety

Metro expects record ridership on Inauguration Day Jan. 20. It will be running rush hour service from 4 a.m. through 9 p.m, then regular hours all the way till 2 a.m. Jan. 21 after the inaugural balls. The transit authority...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Amtrak Still Has Open Seats on Inauguration Day

Live along the Northeast corridor and still looking for a way into Washington on Inauguration Day? Amtrak said today that it has a limited number of seats available during peak periods Jan. 20. For schedules, fares and information, passengers may...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Day Bike Valet Locations Announced

Those looking to bike to the inaugural can park their two-wheelers at two valet stations -- one on the south side of the Jefferson Memorial and the other on 16th Street NW between I Street and K Streets NW, the...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 05:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Street Closings Announced by Secret Service

The Secret Service has released the full list of street and bridge closings for Inauguration Day Jan 20. Here is the full list to help you plan your day. We know you can't really see the map above, so click...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Inaugural Security Briefing for Residents

The Washington Convention Center Authority recently issued this announcement for a meeting to inform District residents about road closings and security checkpoints near the convention center: “U.S. Secret Service & MPD Inaugural Briefing” Thursday January 8, 2009 6:30 pm ~~~...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

All Potomac River Bridges Expected to Be Closed to Personal Vehicles

The U.S. Secret Service is expected to announce this afternoon that all Potomac bridge crossings from Virginia into the District will be closed to personal vehicles on Inauguration Day Jan. 20, report Post staff writers Eric M. Weiss and Lena...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 03:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Excerpts: Live Discussion With Post Inauguration Reporters

Post reporters David Nakamura and Nikita Stewart were online earlier today to discuss inauguration planning and take questions from readers. Here are some of their answers. NW Washington: Have you heard what time the Lincoln Memorial concert is scheduled for...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 7, 2009; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro to Provide 60,000 Parking Spaces at Stations

Metro will provide 60,000 parking spaces at its train stations on inauguration day Jan. 20, far more than the initial figure the transit authority had expected. The extra space became available because the agency, which had planned to provide parking...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Roadtrip Web Site Hacked

An independent Web site devoted to organizing large roadtrips to Barack Obama's inauguration was hacked last night by pranksters who sent out a profane e-mail announcing the trip was canceled, site organizers said. The site, obamainauguration2009.com, has been taken off...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

More Inauguration Transit Advice: Have a Backup Plan

Dr. Gridlock parses yesterday's inauguration committee announcement to carve out the best advice and newest information: We recommend planning ahead, but also caution that any plans made in advance should be double-checked in the days and hours prior to the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 30, 2008; 01:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bike Valets Provided for Inaugural

If you're looking for a way to beat the crowds on Metro and the roads Jan. 20, you might consider biking. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will be providing free bike valets in designated areas north and south of the...

By David A Nakamura | December 30, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

MARC, VRE Won't Handle Charter Bus Traffic After All

The city has changed it's mind about channeling a large chunk of charter bus traffic through regional mass transit, and instead has allocated more parking downtown, The Post's Lena Sun reports: Previously, officials wanted to park only half of the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 26, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

Metro Begins Selling Obama Fare Cards

Metro has begun selling commemorative SmarTrip passes and one-day fare cards featuring images of Barack Obama, available at the transit agency's on-line store. The SmarTrip cards can be purchased for $10 without fare or $20, which includes $10 worth...

By David A Nakamura | December 22, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Approves Rush Hour Fares on Jan. 20

Metro will charge customers rush hour fares on inauguration day and require people to pay for parking in its station lots, the transit agency announced today. The Board of Directors approved the measures at the recommendation of General Manager John...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (6)

Metro Chief Wants to Charge Rush Hour Fares for Inauguration Day

Metro is now recommending that people who park in its lots on Inauguration Day pay the normal fee instead of parking for free and that those who ride the subway pay rush-hour fares instead of off-peak fares. Metro has said...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Polls: Your D.C. Visit

How are you getting to Washington? Where will you stay? What events and attractions are you most excited about? Vote in our polls, or tell us about your travel plans in the comments....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 12, 2008; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (15)

Alternative Transportation: Bike to the Inaugural!

Not on one of the 10,000 buses that might show up Jan. 20? Don't want to brave the record ridership expected on Metro's trains that day? Not interested in walking two miles to see Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony? Well, the...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Poll Suggests Wave of Humanity Will Crush D.C. to Rubble

A Survey USA poll commissioned by an Atlanta TV channel found that 12 percent of residents in the Atlanta metro area planned to attend Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20. Given the area's population of 5,278,904, that would...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

Metro Officials Expect 10,000 Charter Buses

Metro officials said they are expecting 10,000 charter buses, carrying an estimated 500,000 people, to arrive in the Washington area for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20. But the transit agency will only be able to handle parking for...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 05:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

VRE Plans Full Service, May Handle Bus Traffic

It appears the inauguration committee may have found one solution for the bus parking problem. Virginia Railway Express spokesman Mark Roeber says they'll be running a full slate of trains on Jan. 20, and that inauguration committees may try to...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 3, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. to Obama: Use "Taxation Without Representation" License Plates

So many decisions for a president-elect. Who to pick for the Cabinet? Where to send your kids to school? And now ... what license plates to use on the presidential limo? If the D.C. Council has any say, Barack Obama...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Metro Customer Call Center and Sales Office to Extend Hours

We told you two weeks ago that Metro would expand its service hours for the inaugural, staying open from 4 a.m. Jan. 20 through 2 a.m. Jan. 21. It will offer rush-hour service for 15 consecutive hours that day. Now...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 02:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration on the Web

USA Today notes that Delta and Southwest have joined five other airlines increasing traffic into and out of Dulles, Reagan National and BWI for the inauguration. Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner reports that while many buses are being chartered to bring...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Metro: Don't Ride, Walk---If You're Within 2 Miles of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20th

Here’s the latest from Metro on attending the inauguration festivities for President-elect Barack Obama: if you live or you’re staying within two miles of the Capitol, walk instead of taking the train. “It will be faster than standing in line...

By Marcia Davis | November 24, 2008; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (4)

Metro's Inauguration Web Site Goes Live

Metro announced today that it has a new section on its Web site devoted to schedules, fares, hours and other news related to inauguration week. Here's the site. You can also sign up for special alerts here....

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Expands Hours for Inauguration, Expects Record Rail and Bus Ridership

Metro's commemorative SmarTrip card for Jan. 20. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced today that it will run rush hour service for 15 consecutive hours from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Inauguration Day Jan. 20, but the...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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