Metro dropped a press release today outlining tentative plans for Inauguration Day.
That’s right, “tentative plans.” Since we still don’t have any official word on expectations (ranging from the FBI’s 800,000 to Mayor Fenty’s 4 million), it’s kinda useless to plan anything at this point. But I’ll give Catoe and Co. credit – at least they’re trying to do something about it.
I mean, it’s more important than escalator repair, right?
So according to the release, Metro will offer free parking all day and stations will be open from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m. on the big day. They’re already warning of long lines at stations – which, if you need some practice, I hear there’s drills going on at Foggy Bottom – and pushing the “stay downtown and eat, shop, be merry” aspect. As if smart residents aren’t already planning on that.
Actually, smart residents are most likely planning on bilking charging out-of-towners serious cash for housing and then heading out on a mini-vacation with that money. I know I would, if I dared to have a stranger staying in my new home for a few days. Which I’m not (so no emails asking!).
Also of note in the release is a “commemorative fare card” design, with decent card art – an instant collectible, I’m sure. They’ll also have an Inauguration Page set up on the web starting this Friday to provide updates and information. I can guarantee what the message on Jan 20th will be: “Significant delays at all Metro stations. Plan on adding 3 hours to your trip; if you’re using the Foggy Bottom station, bank on six.”
Note that Archives / Penn Quarter station will be closed for “security measures” as well as one of the two entrances to the Smithsonian station.
Metrobuses will be operating on a Saturday schedule and Metrorail will be running at “rush hour service levels” from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. And I’m sure the rush hour fare will also be in effect, too. Ain’t that nice?
More info forthcoming, I’m sure, as actual official data from city and federal sources are released. I do know one thing after reading this: I’ll be telecommuting all week long.