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Old 12-13-2008, 08:44 PM
 
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Please can someone in here help me and my family, as of right now we will drive from NJ to DC ,Jan 20 for the Inauguration Ceremony.
Can I park my car at the JFK Stadium, and take a bus from there? Or where else can I park my car outside DC to get the the Inauguration ceremony? We will leave NJ around 3:00 AM ,hopefully we will arrive in DC between 5:00AM and 6:00Am.
Please I need help with this.
Thank you
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:45 PM
 
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Park at a Metro station. It's free.

If you're coming from Jersey, I'd try Greenbelt.

Metro starts running at 4AM that day, so I would try to get there as close as possible to 4AM to make sure you get a spot. All the Metro parking garages are going to fill up very early that day.
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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What he said. Don't come into the city (RFK stadium, btw). RFK will likely be reserved for buses as they are predicting something like 10,000. RFK is also likely to be the staging area for the military and emergency services (basically that will be the medevac landing zone if something really really bad happens) and there was even talking of opening the stadium so people could sit there and watch it on the jumbotron.

My advice is hit one of the outlying garages, such as Greenbelt, or New Carrolton or even Largo (on the blue line). Largo doesn't normally fill up as quickly as some of the others so I've been told.

That last two or three miles into DC, to get over the Anacostia bridges, that will likely be the worst of the traffic. On a normal day with a wreck or whatnot we often see 30 to 60 minute commutes inside DC proper (a distance of only a few miles) around the bridges. Better to just stay out of town and come in via metro.
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Old 12-14-2008, 06:29 PM
 
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The Washington Post has set up a website devoted to "all things Inauguration". You might want to check it periodically. It is www.washingtonpost.com/inaugural (http://www.washingtonpost.com/inaugural - broken link) There is also a website for Metro but I can't remember the exact address but you can search it on Yahoo.
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:53 PM
 
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There is a story in tomorrow's Post I recommend you read:

Roads, Trains Can't Handle Jan. 20 Droves - washingtonpost.com
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:26 AM
 
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Do not bring your car into the city AT ALL.
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:38 PM
 
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I would agree. Leave the car someplace. Like Baltimore. Not sure what Amtrak service will be available, but MARC rail will run both the Penn Line (12 trains) and the Camden Line (7 trains) into DC leaving BAL between 5:00 and 9:00 AM, and then returning in the same numbers between 4:00 and 9:00 PM. Run-time is about an hour, and of course, Union Station is like two blocks from the West Facade of the Capitol, which is where all the swearing-in action action will be. Tickets are $25 for a round-trip and go on sale on the CommuterDirect website on Saturday, Dec 20, I think at 9:00 am. You need to set up a website account first, so it might be good to go do that before Saturday.

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Old 12-15-2008, 05:25 PM
 
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try not to drive through the area during the rush hour, those that have to work are going to be just a bit more angry than normal when they realize the beltway has become a parking lot.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:09 PM
 
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try not to drive through the area during the rush hour, those that have to work are going to be just a bit more angry than normal when they realize the beltway has become a parking lot.
You mean there are days when it isn't?

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Old 12-15-2008, 07:20 PM
 
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You mean there are days when isn't?
Good point.
I drive off hours so its never really too bad for me except from the 95 ramps to 29 where I get off.

at anyrate, back to the question.
Coming from Jersey, chances are you will be coming down Rt50 into DC.
if you take the first beltway as you approach, then stay right, you will end end up at the New Carrollton Metro station.
but again, get there early or there is no parking left.
fairly safe lot to leave the car in there too.
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