Skip to comments.Escalators? Nope. Plan to hoof it on Jan. 20
Posted on 12/07/2008 1:54:09 PM PST by muawiyah
WASHINGTON -- Plan on taking Metrorail to the inaugural ceremonies on Jan. 20? Be ready to hit the stairs.
The transit agency says it expects to shut down and lock numerous escalators at high volume stations on the day of the inauguration. ..................... Metrorail is preparing to carry upwards of 1 million riders on inauguration day, a mark that will easily shatter the all time record high of 854,638 riders set this past summer.
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The powers that be continue to talk about the possibility of upwards of 5 million people showing up. Notice that Metro's record is short of carrying 1 million on a single day.
This article may be of interest to those Freepers, or their family members, or friends, who actually want to come here in January to "see" this event.
I live here within walking distance of a Metrorail station. I'm watching it on TV!
I think the best bet is to catch the Metro to a station about a mile or two away and hoof it from there. If you try to get off at L’Efant Plaza or Smithsonian, you probably will not be able to get out of the train.
I was planning to be there but then I realized I had to change the air in my car tires. Sorry, perhaps in 4 more years.
I live in Huntsville, AL. North Central Alabama. Population of the Metro area around 350K.
A friend told me last week that many of the black churches are planning bus caravans to the event. I imagine the same is true across the south. BTW, my friend has no desire to go and thinks the whole thing rather stupid.
Yeah, I have to wash my hair.
Hope to make it next time.
I have no desire to watch that on TV, much less travel there to see the crowning of The One.
I’ve heard USA Network is having an NCIS Marathon that day. I’m stocking up on popcorn.
So what do you think the population of Huntsville, Al will be on that day?
Those things are usually broken anyway.
I was sort of thinking of going, but then I got a brilliant idea and decided to go to Vegas instead, spend my money there, before the Libs take it all.
TV? Nahhhhhhhh....I suspect you can just walk out your front door and look up to the sky. The heavens will open up and display it.
With the bars serving till 5 AM we should have a pool for the number of murders in DC that night.
Rode’em off and on for many years. I regularly used the Rosslyn Station escalators. ONLY one time did I ever have to walk down.
Slightly less than normal. From what my friend said, I suspect as many as 500 members of the black churchs may be going.
BTW, don’t expect to see me in DC.
Gee, you’re a bit late. I usually change over to winter air in my tires just before Thanksgiving. I like to be prepared for the first snow.
I’ll skip the coronation completely.
I hope most people who don’t know DC are aware of the problems, and that they might not get the best view. Some outfit in the local paper here was advertising some sort of escorted bus tour. They are lodging in Lancaster, PA! Not exactly close to DC. I guess the bus leaves Lancaster early on the morning of the 20th for DC. For the inaugural, it says something like bus drops you off at Metro. View the ceremony at the national mall. Not exactly first class VIP treatment, sounds like.
Two million people would fill the Mall, end to end, and cover Independence and Constitution Avenues.
Three million people will fill all the open space between State Department, the Potomac River, I Street and the Capital front.
Four million will create panic. I don't think they could actually get five million in and out in under 2 or 3 days.
Imagine all of the liberals whining that the escalators aren’t working.... it’ll make your ears bleed.
The underground railroad won’t be the only RR that fails. The rest rooms won’t handle 5x record capacity well. But that’s ok. It will just make Pelosi feel at home.
Why would anyone here want to see the thing get inaugutated in person or on TV?
sure doesn't everyone change their air for Thanksgiving...then again for Christmas and then once more for New Years? The change on January 20th is preparation for Groundhog Day Feb 2nd...
No one goes just to see a politician.
Lucky you. That’s the day I have to touch up the dye job and my hair AND wash the dog.
Metrorail is noteworthy for being short on toilets. The designers didn’t want nasty old toilets messing things up so they didn’t build many of ‘em. Then, you had to get the station manager to unlock a door to get to them.
I live VERY close to a Metro Station. Any car that blocks our driveway - even slightly - is going to be towed.
Probably not ~ all the cops in the metro area are going to be working at crowd control. You’ll get that car towed about February, if not later.
Can’t make it....all of my brown and black shirts will be in the wash that day.
Yah, I have a stack of movies I will be watching. Including Hellboy II, (again!) Prince Caspian, Wall-E, I Am Legend, Iron Man (again!), and for dessert, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (again!). So, I'll be busy.
Four or five million Obama supporters in a confined space sounds -- "interesting". Best place to be on Jan 20 is far away from DC.
just checking on hotel rooms. They say there are 1000 rooms available in the DC region, most at $1,000 per night (and virtually all of them with a 4 day minimum stay). I have a tent and you can use my bathroom to freshenup ~ $250 per day, 3 day max. (/sarc) See: http://www.wtop.com/?nid=780&sid=1539390
History repeats it self. This will be a repeat of the Obama supporters when they were in the Super-dome in New Orleans after a patch of rough weather.
LOL. Hi, dale. I know I don't. I will have a number of movies recorded to watch that day, non-stop.
ONLY if they are Daily Kossak or otherwise, far left moonbat,lurkers would this be of any interest.
I can't believe any "REAL" Freepers would subject themselves to this dog and pony show unless they have latent masochistic tendencies.
I refuse to even watch it on TV,though I will tune in occasionally just in case there is some sort of chaos.
I work in the DC area, and this is going to be one big mess!
The one at Archives-Navy Memorial is just as steep, if not more so.
I once saw someone run up the down escalator at Roslyn—and he made it to the top!
And yet my K Street employer has not conceded the reality that we will not be able to get to work that day. Our office is still expected to be open. I'm hoping common sense sets in sometime before the 20th.
Your K street employer had best plan to house you overnight, provide you catered meals and cots, and pay you overtime if you are supposed to be there inauguration day/
They can’t pay me enough to be stuck in the middle of that riot. I think as the day gets closer, they’ll smarten up - they’re just stuck in Christmas mode now. Since the 19th is MLK day, people will have four days to arrive at the Mall. I’ve driven to California in less.
People are going to be coming from all over the country and pitching tents on the Mall, or just sleeping in their illegally-parked cars, to get good spots. The police will remove the first few hundred, but they’re going to be overwhelmed. Then the riots start.
I refuse to watch one second of that charade. It will be no more meaningful to me than a bunch of people dressing up to perform a play on stage. I won’t even be tempted to peek, unless it’s to laugh at whatever get-up Michelle and the other relatives show up in. Oh wait!—there ARE no “other relatives.” All have disappeared . . .
I’m a photographer and can’t resist not going. Its going to be a disaster, and disasters make for good photos.
I think a BETTER bet is to watch it on TV. . .
Rosslyn is also across the river in Virginia, with no good way from there to DC by foot. Methinks they’re talking the downtown stations. . .
The rest rooms wont handle 5x record capacity well. But thats ok. It will just make Pelosi feel at home.
Reid will probably have to wear a face mask that day to help eliminate the body odor he so hates to have around the Capitol buildings.