Photo from Reagan Inauguration where about 500,000 people attended. Up to 4 million people are expected for Obama's Inauguration.Trying to decide if I should go downtown Tuesday to see the inauguration. Every mode of public transportation that would be easy/comfortable is basically sold out: MARC train, Amtrak... the only thing left is the metro. And the metro home page warns loudly: "expecting CRUSH-LEVEL traffic".
So this is what I picture:They're opening at 4am, parking lots open at 3:30am. Not all stations are even open and not all streets will be accessible. I live about 16 miles from the city, not exactly an easy stroll, and so I am trying to figure out how to get down there. Some links:
- Several downtown Metro stations will be designated as exit-only or entry-only, to move as many people as possible in & out of the city: DC metro info
- No bags larger than 8"x6"x4" (how am I going to store enough food and water in that to last from 4am until late??) and other restrictions from the Secret Service
- Two twitter accounts to follow if you're going: Inauguration DC and Car Free Jan. 20.
- And the special Inauguration web page itself.
- Weather Tuesday, expected high of 31, low of 20, windy, 10% chance of snow.
- Live webcams, downtown areas (click on "The Mall"), and I395 & 14th street bridge.
- O-Balm-A lip balm, because it's going to be a looong day in the cold!