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Road Closures Ahead of Ceremony

Metro's commemorative SmarTrip cards sell out Sunday



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    Road closures have begun ahead of Monday's inauguration ceremony for President Obama.

    So-called "vehicle restriction zones" began to be implemented at 7 a.m. Sunday on Pennsylvania Avenue between 2nd Street and 15th Street, NW. Road closures were scheduled to expand throughout the day.

    A full list of road closures can be found here. For the latest from all the region's roads, visit News4's traffic page.

    As a result of the road closures, heavy ridership is expected on Metro trains. The service was operating on a normal weekend schedule Sunday - but by 3 p.m. had already seen twice the amount of riders it usually has on a Sunday.

    However, for Monday's ceremony, a rush hour schedule is in effect with peak fares between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m.

    Though the rush hour schedule ends at 9 p.m., the rail system will remain open until 2 a.m. Monday. Smithsonian, Archives, and Mt. Vernon Square stations will be closed for the entirety of inauguration day.

    Meanwhile, Metro said that the commemorative SmarTrip cards they had printed for the inauguration, featuring a portrait of the president, had sold out system-wide by about noon Sunday.

    For more information on taking public transportation, check out Metro's inauguration day planning site.

    Officials expect between 500,000 and 700,000 people to attend Monday's ceremony, more than a million fewer than attended President Obama's first inauguration in 2009.


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