Getting Around: Inauguration Road Closures

posted by Jerry Houston - 

Getting around Washington, D.C. during the Presidential Inauguration is going to be tough. Many road closures and other restrictions will prevent people from following the paths they're used to.

Mayor Muriel Bowser's office has released an interactive map to show street closures, parking restrictions, walking routes, shuttle stops, accessibility changes, streetcar stops, and more in real-time.

There are many restrictions put in place by the Metropolitan Police Department and the US Park Police. To help clarify the information, they have designated "Red" and "Green" Vehicle Restricted Zones in the Inauguration Zone. Generally speaking, the Green Zones will allow vehicles with ADA or handicap identification to park.

Many road closures begin at 3am Thursday through the event.

Bicycles

  • Bikes are not permitted inside the Red Zone beginning at 3am Friday, January 20th. The Green Zone has no restrictions for bikes.

Metrorail

  • Operating 4am-Midnight with peak hours 4am-9pm on Friday, 1/20/17
  • Stations closed on Friday for Security Concerns: Mount Vernon Square, Archives, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian and Pentagon Triangle.
  • Operating 4am-Midnight on Saturday for Women's March

Taxis / Uber

  • These for-hire vehicles are not allowed to operate inside the Red or Green Zones.

The Mayor's office has released a breakdown of all street closures by day:

For the same breakdown by zone and location:

Updated information is available here.

Photos: Getty Images

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