Many Unknowns Surround Post-inaugural Women's March

WASHINGTON — Official details have been slow to come in for the Women’s March, though there’s a little more than a week to go before hundreds of thousands of people plan to take part in the event.

A spokeswoman for the Women’s March said organizers were still expecting 200,000 attendees on Jan. 21. Participants have been encouraged to arrive at 10 a.m. for the event, which starts in front of the Capitol. A rally is expected to precede the march.

But organizers have not officially disclosed specific details about the event, including where the march’s route will proceed past Independence Avenue.

“We encourage people to take public transportation as parking will be limited and strongly suggest that people buy Metro cards ahead of time before the day of the event,” the march spokesperson said.

The spokeswoman asked not to be identified.

D.C. police on Friday released a list of streets that would be closed becauses of the march. Police said that starting at 1 p.m., Jan. 21, the there would be rolling street closures along the “march route,” which police described as:

  • West on Independence Avenue Southwest, from 3rd Street Southwest to 14th Street Southwest
  • North on 14th Street Southwest, to Constitution Avenue Northwest
  • West on Constitution Avenue Northwest, to 17th Street Northwest, where police said the group would disband.

In addition, police said the following streets would be closed from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 21:

  • Third Street Northwest, from Constitution Avenue, Northwest to C Street Southwest
  • Independence Avenue Southwest, from First Street Southwest to 6th Street Southwest
  • Maryland Avenue Southwest, from First Street Southwest to Independence Avenue Southwest
  • 4th Street Northwest, from Constitution Avenue Northwest to C Street Southwest

Organizers have asked attendees register for the free event at its website in order to provide organizers an accurate headcount.

As WTOP has reported, the director of the District’s Department of Homeland Security, Chris Geldhart, said D.C. is planning for as many as 500,000 march attendees and said there would be additional “contingents in case it grows larger than that.”

More than 1,200 buses have purchased parking spots at RFK stadium in connection with the march, according to Ward 6 D.C. Council Member Charles Allen’s office. Andy Le, Allen’s communications director, said more buses were expected to park elsewhere in the District on Saturday.

He said there were only 200 buses registered to park at RFK stadium during Inauguration Day.

WTOP’s Tiffany Arnold contributed to this report.

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