City Desk

The Inauguration Circus

Unless you’re planning to arrive before dawn, expect your travel down to the National Mall to take a while this Inauguration Monday. The parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue NW and the security perimeter around the U.S. Capitol mean pedestrians will have to enter the Mall from the west or south. Capital Bikeshare plans to close or move its docks in the vicinity of the mall and operate two “bike corrals”; it also isn’t guaranteeing members they’ll be able to obtain a bike following the ceremony to get back home. The three Metro stations nearest to the gathering—Archives, Mt. Vernon Square, and Smithsonian—will be closed, while the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority recommends that four others—Union Station, Judiciary Square, Capitol South, and Federal Center SW—only be used by people holding tickets to the inauguration. Anyone else hoping to watch the ceremonial swearing in of Barack Obama from the National Mall will have to stand somewhere west of 4th Street NW. With apologies to Bil Keane, we suspect your trip could go something like this.

Illustration by Carey Jordan

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