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Union Station's Main Entrance to Be Closed on Eve of Inauguration

Taxis will pick up and drop off passengers at the H Street NE entrance

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    Union Station's Main Entrance to Be Closed on Eve of Inauguration
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    Commuters who use D.C.'s Union Station on Thursday, Jan. 19 will find the main entrance and part of the station closed.

    Union Station's main hall, west hall and main entrance near Massachusetts Avenue NE will be closed all day for an event related to President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, the head of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) said Friday afternoon.

    The closure is not expected to change Amtrak, Metro, MARC, VRE or Greyhound service, USRC president and CEO Beverley Swaim-Staley said.

    "None of the transportation service will be affected," she said. "What the impact will be is to entrances in the building."

    USRC manages leased portions of the historic building and leads restoration efforts.

    Commuters are advised to use the entrances to the building on H Street NE and 1st Street NE, which will be open all day Jan. 19.

    Taxis will pick up and drop off passengers at the H Street NE entrance.

    The west entrances will be open all day except for 7 p.m. to midnight, when they will be closed.

    Go here to see a map of Union Station.

    Swaim-Staley said the H Street NE entrance will be commuters' best bet.

    "If Mass. Ave. is blocked off for any reason, they can always use H Street," she said.

    Anyone who expects to ride a train or bus into or out of Union Station in the days surrounding the inauguration is advised to check the website of the relevant service.

    The presidential inaugural committee did not respond to an inquiry about the event, which is not listed on the inauguration website.

    Federal and business officials said Thursday that the busy transit station will be the site of a candlelit, invitation-only event in Trump's honor.

    Information on whether Trump is expected to attend was not available.

    Earlier in the day, Trump will attend the "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" and "Voices of the People" concert from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial.