Inauguration Day Metrorail Service Information

Hours and Service

  • Metrorail is open 4 a.m. - midnight with rush-hour service and peak fares from opening until 9 p.m.
  • Yellow Line Rush+ service will be in effect 4 a.m. - 9 p.m. between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt stations. 
  • Metrobus will operate Saturday Supplemental service (Saturday schedule with additional trips on some routes). Customers should check their timetable for details. Expect major Metrobus detours and turn-backs in the National Mall area.
  • MetroAccess will operate its regular schedule.  However, subscription trips will be cancelled unless specifically requested.  MetroAccess customers should expect extensive detours, delays and service adjustments as a result of Inaugural events and associated road closures.  Customers are encouraged to plan extra time due to increased traffic if traveling within the MetroAccess service area during the Inauguration. Door-to-door service may be limited near Inaugural events.

Suggested stations and walking directions Important travel tips Inauguration Customer Brochure 

On Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, Metrorail and Metrobus will operate a regular weekend schedule.

Changes and Closures

  • For security reasons, Archives, Federal Triangle, Mt Vernon Sq, Pentagon and Smithsonian stations will be closed on Inauguration Day. Plan to use other stations.
  • Several downtown Metrorail station entrances will be designated as “entry only” or “exit only” to safely manage crowds.
  • Some escalators will be intentionally turned off to regulate the flow of customers.
  • Pennsylvania Ave NW will be closed between the Capitol and White House for the Inaugural Parade.
  • Many Metrobus routes will operate on detours or will operate in segments due to road closures near the National Mall.


On Inauguration Day, regular rider parking rates will apply at Metro-operated parking facilities.

  • Pay the fee as you exit the parking facility. We recommend using a credit card on Inauguration Day. Funds stored on SmarTrip® farecards may also be used. Cash is not accepted.
  • To use a SmarTrip® farecard, including the commemorative Inauguration card, please add value to your card to cover the parking fee.
  • Parking facilities at Metro stations fill very quickly on Inauguration Day. Have a backup plan if the parking facility you've chosen is full. Consider connecting bus service, carpools, taxi, biking or even walking if possible.
  • Only authorized buses, such as Metrobuses and other local transit buses, may access the stations. Private bus parking is strictly prohibited at Metrorail stations.
  • Charter bus operators are urged to follow instructions on the District of Columbia's Inauguration website

Travel Tips

  • Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited within the Metro system, including trains, buses and stations.
  • Bicycles and large coolers/containers will not be permitted aboard Metro trains on Inauguration Day. Prohibited items at Inauguration events include weapons, firearms and explosives; laser pointers; glass, thermal or metal containers; selfie sticks; drones; and large backpacks and signs.
  • Plan your Metrorail trip so that you do not have to transfer between rail lines. There is a station near the National Mall on each of Metro's six rail lines. Pick a destination station on the same line as your origin.
  • Washington is a walkable city. Consider avoiding crowded stations and trains by walking up to two miles to reach your destination. Factor in your ability to walk, stand and tolerate cold temperatures for an extended period. Dress warmly.
  • We strongly recommend purchasing your SmarTrip® farecard in advance to avoid long lines on Inauguration Day.
  • Each traveler age five or older needs his/her own SmarTrip® farecard to enter and exit the Metrorail system. You can buy cards online, at any Metrorail station and at some local CVS stores. 
  • If you're not using a One-Day Pass, be sure to load your card in advance with enough value for the entire day.
  • Metro expects high ridership on Inauguration Day. Be prepared for long lines, crowded trains and buses and intermittent delays.
  • Stay Connected! Text POTUS to 90360 to receive Metro Inauguration service info and alerts. Standard text message rates apply.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @wmata, @metrorailinfo, @metrobusinfo

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