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DDOT Issues Transit Service Alerts for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Travel safely and efficiently Friday, January 20

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Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, [email protected]
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, [email protected] 

(Washington, DC) -- The 58th Presidential Inauguration is expected to impact travel significantly and increase congestion across the nation's capital. To assist with the anticipated crowds, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the hours of operation for DC Streetcar, DC Circulator and Capital Bikeshare for Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, 2017.

DC Streetcar
This year marks the first time the system will be in service during an Inauguration ceremony. The system will open at 4 am on Inauguration Day, and close at 2 am, Saturday, January 21.

For charter bus passengers using Inauguration Day parking at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (RFK), DC Streetcar is accessible from Lot 6. Visitors can board at the Oklahoma Avenue and Benning Road NE stop, which is less than a mile from the stadium. The DC Streetcar line runs to Union Station, which is a short walk from the National Mall and the Parade Route. DC Streetcar is currently provided as a free service.

DC Circulator

DC Circulator will suspend service on the following four routes on Inauguration Day: Union Station-Navy Yard, National Mall, Dupont Circle-Georgetown-Rosslyn and Georgetown-Union Station routes. The other two routes, Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square will operate from 7 am to 3:30 pm; and Potomac Avenue Metro-Skyland via Barracks Row will operate from 6 am to 7 pm.

For information on all detours and service changes on the DC Circulator, visit this link.

Capital Bikeshare

Capital Bikeshare will establish two corrals on Inauguration Day. Corrals will be operational from 7 am to 5 pm at 17th Street and K Street NW; and 4th and E Street SW. Bicycle riders can take advantage of personal bike valets at 16th Street and "Eye" Street NW.

Bikeshare stations on the National Mall will be closed both January 19 and 20, 2017.

For information on system adjustments and corral service, visit this link.

Pedestrian Control

Inauguration participants should anticipate large crowds and are advised to heed the commands of the Traffic Control Officers stationed at various intersections.

Additionally, 300 DDOT "Ambassadors" will be deployed to offer general wayfinding guidance and information to visitors approaching and exiting the Inauguration.

For a Public Walk Map, visit this link.

For a list of street closures, residents and visitors are encouraged to read the Presidential Inaugural Subcommittee's Joint Transportation Plan.

For Inauguration Day updates, visit


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