Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The 2013 Inauguration Day metro ridership was significantly less than the 1.12 million trips four years earlier.
If you felt like Metro was less crowded this inauguration than in 2009, you were right. The transit agency recorded 779,787 passenger entries Monday, according to the Associated Press. Metro set its all-time ridership record on Inauguration Day 2009, recording 1.12 million rail trips. The transit agency told the AP that part of the reason for the lower ridership levels was that Monday was the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in addition to being Inauguration Day. That cut out many of the daily commuters who use the system and would have used the system regionwide in 2009. Lower ridership, however, did not mean the day went off without any hitches. After President Obama's inaugural ceremony concluded, Metro temporarily closed several stations…
Monday, January 21, 2013
Heading into DC? Here's a guide to surviving the inauguration.
While the crowds may not be as intense as in 2009, when an estimated 1.8 million people came to DC for President Barack Obama’s inauguration, there’s still a lot of info you need to know to survive the day. From Metro closures and changes to where to eat and how to stay warm, Patch has you covered. Transportation Check out Patch’s inauguration travel guide. What to Bring Essentially, you should bring yourself, an ID and as few other items as possible. There’s an extensive list of prohibited items, including backpacks, strollers (in certain areas) and more. See the list of prohibited items at inauguration and related events here. Weather and Staying Warm Right now, forecasts indicate that Monday’s weather will be downright cold with a …
Snow showers still possible for the afternoon and evening.
The weather forecast for President Barack Obama's second inauguration suggests temperatures could be warming into the low 40s as events get underway Monday in Washington, D.C. But a chance of snow showers is still possible after 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The forecast for Monday, which is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, calls for mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 43. The chance for precipitation is at 40 percent, with no significant snow accumulation expected. If you're going, here are some tips for what to wear to watch the inauguration ceremony. And we have complete coverage at our Presidential Inauguration 2013 page.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Maps, schedules, social network and more for Obama's ceremonial swearing in.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee has released a free official app for attendees at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, as well as for those watching from home. The app includes a schedule of events, maps, volunteer opportunities, a feed for social networking, behind-the-scenes videos and photos and a live stream available Monday for those who won't be there. The app is available on iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Click here to download the app. And while you're at it, why not download the Patch app. Steve Kerrigan, President and CEO of the Inaugural Committee, said in a statement the app is for Americans across the country to share in this moment in history. "Whether you're in Washington, DC or any other part of …
Many roads will be blocked off, parking will be dicey.
Thinking of driving to the inauguration? Access will be limited, but it can be done—just be ready to sit in a lot of traffic. “Because Inauguration Day falls on a legal public holiday – the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. — this year, tens of thousands of local residents of the District, Virginia, and Maryland will also be in attendance," at the 2013 presidential inauguration, warns Martha Mitchell Meade, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs, in a news release. "... Motorists should keep a full tank of gasoline in their vehicles, just in case they are stranded or stuck in traffic," she noted. "Inauguration goers should have a fully charged cell phone. Because use may be limited, send a text message to someone who…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has been called upon to help with crowd control duties the event next week.
Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Civil Disturbance Unit and command staff have been asked to provide security assistance during the Inauguration of President Barack Obama Jan. 21. The CD Unit – comprised of specially trained deputies trained to handle crowd control – and select members of the agency’s command staff will assist the Metropolitan Police Department along the parade route in Washington, DC. The cost associated with the mutual aid assistance is funded through a Federal reimbursement to the LCSO.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Committee releases more tickets on sale to public Wednesday.
Additional tickets to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Parade went on sale Wednesday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced. The tickets are for bleacher seats along the parade route close to the White House, according to a news release from the committee. A limit of six tickets per person are available online HERE at a cost of $44 each. Tickets are limited, and will be distributed on a first come, first-serve basis. If you go, expect to see thousands of spectators lining the parade route as President Obama and Vice President Biden are escorted from the Capitol to the White House. Music, cultural and community groups will join representatives from the Armed Forces in the parade, which concludes at the presidential reviewing …
Metro offers several suggestions to get to the National Mall, the parade route and to the White House for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.
Whether you are attending the inauguration on the National Mall, taking in the parade along Pennsylvania Avenue or cheering the President's return at the White House, you can expect to do a lot of walking on Inauguration Day. Between metro station closures, parade route street closures and bus route changes, you will be using your own two feet to get you where you want to be once you arrive downtown on Metro. See also: Guide to Taking the Metro to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. To help, Metro has created a list of walking directions from various locations close to the National Mall area: Arlington Cemetery (1.5 miles to Mall) Walk 0.7 miles toward the Lincoln Memorial (away from Arlington Cemetery). Go around the left side of the …
If you’re heading downtown from Loudoun to see the second swearing in of Barack Obama, consider leaving the driving to someone else.
Loudoun County Transit has scheduled commuter bus service between several locations in Loudoun and the West Falls Church Metro station for Inauguration Day, Monday, January 21, 2013. Get Metro's schedule for the big day here. Morning buses to the West Falls Church Metro Station – Orange Line – will begin departing as early as 4:10 a.m. Buses will return to Loudoun County at regular intervals between 3 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. LC Transit representatives will direct passengers to their appropriate buses at the Metro station. The 2013 Inauguration Day schedule includes service from the following park and ride lots: Rides on LC Transit buses will cost $2 with a SmarTrip card or $2.50 cash. Passengers boarding Metrorail must purchase fare cards or …
Fewer riders expected this year than for the 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, but there will be station closures and other transportation adjustments.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) has released a video to help riders prepare for the 2013 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama on Monday. To view the video, click the media player above this article. Though Metro and security officials are expecting a much smaller crowd than last year, trains and buses will still be quite crowded and some Metro stations and bus stops will be closed. For more on how Metro is preparing for increased ridership, see: Taking Metro to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Walking Routes Downtown on Inauguration Day For much more on transportation, events, weather and all things related to the inauguration, see Patch’s special 2013 presidential inauguration section here.