Obama inauguration 2013: Map of road closures, Metro access, pedestrian routes
Updated: January 14, 2013 - 01:26 pm
Jan. 21 is going to be a historic day in Washington as President Barack Obama gets sworn in for his second term. Here's everything you need to know about getting yourself around the District.
The first map above displays road closures and traffic alerts for Inauguration weekend. Blue lines indicate roads that will have Emergency No Parking regulations in place from Jan. 20 through Jan. 22, while red lines indicate roads that will be closed starting at 3 a.m. on Inauguration Monday.
As for bridges, a red indicator shows that a bridge is closed, yellow indicators show that a bridge will have traffic diverted and green flags indicate that a bridge will be fully open.
Pedestrian traffic and Metro accessibility
The second map will help you get around by foot and Metro on Inauguration Day. Metro will be open from 4 a.m. Monday morning through 2 a.m. Tuesday, and rush hour service will operate between the system's opening and 9 p.m.
Officials recommend that you use certain Metro stops (indicated with green flags) if you have tickets to the event. Due to security measures, the Archives, Mount Vernon Square and Smithsonian stations will be closed.
Blue lines on the map indicate suggested walking routes for the Inauguration ceremony while orange lines display suggested routes to get to the parade. Yellow arrows indicate where non-ticket holders can enter the National Mall to watch the swearing-in of President Obama.
Many Metrobus routes will be detoured due to the security perimeter around the National Mall. A full list of the routes impacted can be found here. DC Circulator will not offer service on Inauguration Day.
Air travel impact
If you're flying into and out of either Washington Reagan International Airport or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for the inauguration, you'd better pack some patience with your excitement for the ceremony.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is urging travelers to be prepared for congestion and large crowds at both airports both leading up to and on the day after the Jan. 21 inauguration. Officials don't anticipate major flight delays or operational issues, but long lines at ticket counters and security checkpoints are very likely.
The Authority is recommending that passengers arrive 2-4 hours before their scheduled flight time.
Capital Bikeshare limited leading up to and on Inauguration Day
The region's bikesharing program, which has docks installed throughout the downtown D.C. area, will be limited in use in the days leading up to and after Inauguration Day and on the day of the swearing-in itself.
Several stations (denoted by a red X) will be removed starting on Jan. 16 and 17. To make up for those closures, a bike corral will be set up at 13th Street and New York Avenue NW (denoted by a blue diamond).
On Inauguration Day, many stations within the security perimeter near the National Mall will be inaccessible. Capital Bikeshare will have two bike corrals set up on that day as well (denoted by red diamonds).
For more details about Capital Bikeshare's Inauguration Day plans, check out capitalbikeshare.com.
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