Roads, Metro Get Clogged Early

Roads, Metro Get Clogged Early
January 19, 2013, 5:24 pm
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As visitors began to pour into D.C. ahead of Monday's Presidential inauguration, the region's roads were already beginning to feel the strain of heavier-than-usual weekend traffic.

In particular, slow going was reported on the inbound side of New York Avenue, Northeast, while both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast were also beginning to back up.

Saturday is the last day before "vehicle restricted zones" go into effect ahead of President Obama's swearing-in.

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

But heavy traffic wasn't just limited to the roads. Heavy ridership was being reported on Metro trains Saturday afternoon, as the service was operating on a normal weekend schedule. For Monday's ceremony, a rush hour schedule will be in effect with peak fares between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Though the rush hour system 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.

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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