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One of the biggest challenges of Inauguration Day will be getting around. News4 transportation reporter Adam Tuss reports.
We know the fifty-seventh inauguration of the President of the United States has our fair city on the world stage, with all the pomp that the occasion demands.
Those of us who live here also know that it's a logistical, well, challenge.
President Obama's first swearing-in ceremony drew 1.8 million people to the nation's capital. This one is expected to be smaller, but the crowd is still expected to be as much as 700,000.
Many streets are closed, and Metro will be packed. Streets are even more tourist-clogged than usual. So to help you navigate, we've compiled this Locals Guide.
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Or jump to our list of road closures.
You don't need tickets to view the parade or the swearing-in ceremonies from the National Mall. The non-ticketed area of the National Mall begins at Fourth Street NW.
If you want to see the ceremony from close to the Capitol, you do need tickets, and if you didn't know that before now, you're too late. Tickets, which were free, were issued by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and distributed by members of Congress to their constituents weeks ago.
Don't go looking online for them now: Most resale sites have agreed not to post listings for tickets. Be aware that legitimate tickets are not available that way.
Security checkpoints will open for the swearing-in ceremony at 8 a.m. Ticketed guests should be in place no later than 9 a.m.
Parade route entry points - which are at specific locations - will open at 6:30 a.m. and will remain open until the parade route can no longer accommodate additional people.
Lots of them. A security perimeter was established around the U.S. Capitol and the parade route, and Metro stations, bus stops, and streets within that perimeter are closed.
Starting at 7 a.m. on Sunday "vehicle restricted zones" went into effect and will last through 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
For a walking map of the area, click here.
On Monday, Jan. 21, Metrorail opened at 4 a.m. in rush-hour service. The trains will stay on a rush hour schedule for 17 hours, through 9 p.m. And that means peak fares, too - and, despite the Martin Luther King Jr. day holiday, weekday parking rates.
The rail system will stay open through 2 a.m.
Metrobus will operate weekday rush hour service in the morning, followed by an early rush hour in the afternoon. But keep in mind that many buses will be detoured.
MetroAccess will operate identical hours to Metrorail and Metrobus.
Metro strongly suggests you buy your tickets early or have all the value you need loaded on your SmarTrip card before you go to the events. Demand has been strong: The system's special inaugural SmarTrip cards, which came pre-loaded with fares and featured a portrait of the president, sold out by noon on Sunday.
The closest stops are Capitol South, Eastern Market, Union Station, NoMa-Gallaudet
U (New York Ave.), Judiciary Square, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Federal Center SW or L’Enfant
Plaza. However, those will also be the busiest stops that day, so you might want to get creative. You can plan your trip with Metro's inaugural planning tool.
Remember, the Smithsonian, Archives and Mt. Vernon Square Metro stations will be closed on Inauguration Day.
Amtrak added about 50 percent of its normal weekday capacity in the Northeast Corridor to get travelers to the inauguration. Given Union Station's proximity to the parade route, the train is a good way for visitors to get to town for the events.
But Amtrak, too, is increasing security. Most of Union Station will be closed to the general public; the food court and most retail shops at Union Station will not be open. Access to the station will be restricted to certain points of entry. No lockers will be accessible.
Passengers getting on and off trains will see heightened security, including patrols by K-9 officers.
Amtrak strongly suggest passengers buy round-trip tickets, so that return seats are reserved.
And you might want to plan ahead for bio-breaks: Amtrak warns that restrooms will be crowded. They've brought in porta-potties for the rush.
Some people say this is the way to go - if you have the stamina. You can't take a bike inside the security perimeter, but several agencies have provided bike parking near the parade route and swearing-in.
The District's Department of Transportation and goDCgo will provide a large bike parking area at 16th and I streets, and Capital Bikeshare will have two bike corrals for Bikeshare bikes open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.: One at Farragut Square at 17th and K Streets and one at the USDA building at 12th Street and Independence Avenue, SW.
Airspace over D.C. will be restricted on Jan. 21, and so will some waterways. Meanwhile, all police and national security agencies in the area will be activated; you will see increased security throughout the district.
Bring your cell phone (event planners have added extra cell service to try to accomodate the crowds) and bring ID, but other than that, try to travel light.
The following items will be prohibited from the Inaugural parade route, the White House reviewing stand and the Inaugural balls:
Along the parade route, signs and placards must be made only of cardboard, poster board or cloth and have dimensions no greater than three feet in width, 20 feet in length and one-quarter inch in thickness.
When they say don't bring it, they mean it. Surrendered items will not be returned.
Security is even tighter at the Capitol. Prohibited items there are:
And "other items as determined by and at the discretion of the security screener."
Access into Washington, D.C., will be limited on Monday, January 21, 2013. According to Presidential Inaugural Law Enforcement and Public Safety Public Affairs Subcommittee, here's the status of roads into the city:
Several major highways in Virginia also will be affected. Here is the status of some major routes:
No major roads in Maryland will be closed, but state officials warned motorists to expect very heavy traffic.
In the District, the following roads will be closed from 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 and off limits to vehicles without a law enforcement escort:
In addition, these roads on Capitol Hill will be closed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday:
U.S. Park police said the George Washington Memorial Parkway will be open in both directions. Traffic will be allowed to exit Washington Reagan National Airport onto the northbound or southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway.