Catching the Bus to DC? Better Be Sure…

20 12 2008

School bus at the CapitolIts hard to get good estimates of just how many people will be flooding DC for the inauguration–numbers range anywhere from 2.5 to 4 million. Either way its going to be a huge number, and its a safe bet many of them are planning to arrive by bus on Jan. 19th or 20th. Officials are still figuring out where to park estimated 25,000 to 35,000 buses expected, so the city has instituted a special permit process. Word is spreading among the major charter bus companies, so most of them will probably be all good when the time comes. But buses without permits won’t be allowed into the city–plans aren’t definite yet, but there may be checkpoints along the Capitol Beltway, and those without permits may not be allowed beyond them. Which is really going to suck for the schools, church groups, and good folks in general who are gonna pile into a bus and make the drive to DC expecting to hit the Mall.

Keep in mind that its also January and probably going to be really cold–who knows what the weather will do then, but if you don’t want to get stuck in a bus, in traffic, in potentially bad weather, make sure your transportation to DC is solid, or find an inaugural event near your home.

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