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Escalators? Nope. Plan to hoof it on Jan. 20
WTOP Radio website ^ | December 7, 2008 | Adam Tuss, WTOP radio

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: bhoinauguration; dcmetro; inauguration; metrorail; ridedrive; visitingdc
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Questions keep coming up about how visitors can connect with Metrorail to come into DC for the inauguration and inaugural parade.

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!

1 posted on 12/07/2008 1:54:10 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Me first.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4XgKGUGKJo


2 posted on 12/07/2008 1:58:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: muawiyah

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.


3 posted on 12/07/2008 1:58:47 PM PST by gridlock (QUESTION AUTHORITY)
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To: muawiyah
of interest to those Freepers, or their family members, or friends, who actually want to come here in January to "see" this event.

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.

4 posted on 12/07/2008 1:58:55 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: muawiyah

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.


5 posted on 12/07/2008 1:59:14 PM PST by DugwayDuke (What's more important? Your principles or supporting the troops? Vote McCain!)
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To: Drango

Yeah, I have to wash my hair.

Hope to make it next time.


6 posted on 12/07/2008 1:59:51 PM PST by autumnraine (Churchill: " we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall never surrender")
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To: muawiyah
President Bush prepares for Obama's Inaugural

President Bush prepares for Obama's Inaugural

7 posted on 12/07/2008 2:00:23 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: muawiyah

I have no desire to watch that on TV, much less travel there to see the crowning of The One.


8 posted on 12/07/2008 2:01:08 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: muawiyah

I’ve heard USA Network is having an NCIS Marathon that day. I’m stocking up on popcorn.


9 posted on 12/07/2008 2:02:19 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: DugwayDuke

So what do you think the population of Huntsville, Al will be on that day?


10 posted on 12/07/2008 2:04:07 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: muawiyah

Those things are usually broken anyway.


11 posted on 12/07/2008 2:04:24 PM PST by dr_who
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To: Drango

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.


12 posted on 12/07/2008 2:05:50 PM PST by SolitaryMan (http://www.testdepthmedia.com)
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To: Cementjungle
watch that on TV, much less travel there to see the crowning of The One.

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.

13 posted on 12/07/2008 2:06:36 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: muawiyah

With the bars serving till 5 AM we should have a pool for the number of murders in DC that night.


14 posted on 12/07/2008 2:06:41 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: dr_who

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.


15 posted on 12/07/2008 2:07:11 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Red_Devil 232

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.


16 posted on 12/07/2008 2:07:30 PM PST by DugwayDuke (What's more important? Your principles or supporting the troops? Vote McCain!)
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To: muawiyah
The escalator at Rosslyn is the steepest one I've ever been on. They expect people to walk the stairs there?


17 posted on 12/07/2008 2:07:38 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: Drango

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.


18 posted on 12/07/2008 2:10:12 PM PST by Ed Condon (Wanted, newer tag line in good condition.)
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To: muawiyah

I’ll skip the coronation completely.


19 posted on 12/07/2008 2:11:43 PM PST by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: muawiyah
Escalators turned off? Hundreds of Obama supporters could be trapped for hours.
20 posted on 12/07/2008 2:12:07 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

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.


21 posted on 12/07/2008 2:14:06 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: LibFreeOrDie
The escalators they were talking about are those serving the Natinal Mall. That'd be 12th and Penn, L'Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian ~ backing up a quarter to half a mile there are another dozen stations where you could get off and kind of ooze your way toward the Mall.

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.

22 posted on 12/07/2008 2:14:33 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Imagine all of the liberals whining that the escalators aren’t working.... it’ll make your ears bleed.


23 posted on 12/07/2008 2:17:17 PM PST by SolitaryMan (http://www.testdepthmedia.com)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

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.


24 posted on 12/07/2008 2:18:18 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer
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To: muawiyah

Why would anyone here want to see the thing get inaugutated in person or on TV?


25 posted on 12/07/2008 2:19:33 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Ed Condon
, you’re a bit late. I usually change over to winter air in my tires just before Thanksgiving.

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...

26 posted on 12/07/2008 2:19:46 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: dalereed
To see the parade. There's a big parade. Afterward good old what's his name is taken from the Capitol to the White House in a closed car safe behind the bullet proof glass.

No one goes just to see a politician.

27 posted on 12/07/2008 2:23:46 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Drango

Lucky you. That’s the day I have to touch up the dye job and my hair AND wash the dog.


28 posted on 12/07/2008 2:24:10 PM PST by EggsAckley
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To: JohnBovenmyer

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.


29 posted on 12/07/2008 2:24:57 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
I hope they shut down Rosslyn!

I live VERY close to a Metro Station. Any car that blocks our driveway - even slightly - is going to be towed.

30 posted on 12/07/2008 2:25:11 PM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: muawiyah
They all want DC Metro's souvenir fare card:


31 posted on 12/07/2008 2:25:54 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: meowmeow

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.


32 posted on 12/07/2008 2:26:27 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Can’t make it....all of my brown and black shirts will be in the wash that day.


33 posted on 12/07/2008 2:26:52 PM PST by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: Cementjungle
"I have no desire to watch that on TV, much less travel there to see the crowning of The One."

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.

34 posted on 12/07/2008 2:26:56 PM PST by redhead (ALASKA--Step out of the bus and into the food chain.)
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To: muawiyah
Four million will create panic. I don't think they could actually get five million in and out in under 2 or 3 days.

Four or five million Obama supporters in a confined space sounds -- "interesting". Best place to be on Jan 20 is far away from DC.

35 posted on 12/07/2008 2:27:29 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (Question O-thority)
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To: PapaBear3625

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


36 posted on 12/07/2008 2:33:28 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

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.


37 posted on 12/07/2008 2:35:05 PM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: dalereed
Why would anyone here want to see the thing get inaugutated in person or on TV?

LOL. Hi, dale. I know I don't. I will have a number of movies recorded to watch that day, non-stop.

38 posted on 12/07/2008 2:40:38 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: muawiyah
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.

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.

39 posted on 12/07/2008 2:42:01 PM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: muawiyah

I work in the DC area, and this is going to be one big mess!


40 posted on 12/07/2008 2:54:42 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

The one at Archives-Navy Memorial is just as steep, if not more so.


41 posted on 12/07/2008 2:55:44 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

I once saw someone run up the down escalator at Roslyn—and he made it to the top!


42 posted on 12/07/2008 3:01:59 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: muawiyah
Four million will create panic. I don't think they could actually get five million in and out in under 2 or 3 days. <

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.

43 posted on 12/07/2008 3:03:45 PM PST by nina0113 (Hugh Akston is my hero.)
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To: nina0113

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/


44 posted on 12/07/2008 3:06:37 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

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.


45 posted on 12/07/2008 3:15:10 PM PST by nina0113 (Hugh Akston is my hero.)
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To: Bahbah

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 . . .


46 posted on 12/07/2008 3:25:26 PM PST by 1951Boomer
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

I’m a photographer and can’t resist not going. Its going to be a disaster, and disasters make for good photos.


47 posted on 12/07/2008 3:30:57 PM PST by pjluke (thank you Mr. Kalashnikov!)
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To: gridlock

I think a BETTER bet is to watch it on TV. . .


48 posted on 12/07/2008 3:31:17 PM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

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. . .


49 posted on 12/07/2008 3:32:39 PM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

The rest rooms won’t handle 5x record capacity well. But that’s 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.


50 posted on 12/07/2008 3:33:57 PM PST by deport
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