Inauguration Day Traffic

  • DCEric

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    Jan 08, 2009 11:47 PM GMT
    Whether you are making the trip, or you live in the region, traffic in the greater Washington, DC area, traffic will be a disaster. How do you plan to deal with your commute, or struggle to get to the National Mall?

    I'll be spending the week skiing in Colorado. I planned the trip without realizing the date (mostly just looking at MLK day as a extra day to take time off).
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    Jan 09, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
    I live in downtown DC in Adams Morgan. Well, utnil the end of the month. Finances are making me move closer to Dulles Airport for the next year.

    But anyway, I plan on hiding in my apartment, and lying in my bed in the fetal position until this nightmare is over and the invasion stops.
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    Jan 09, 2009 1:59 AM GMT
    Gee- that is one day. Try Mardi Gras for 2 weeks. Traffic is a bitch, especially with tourists not knowing where they are going and streets closed. But.... it will be funicon_wink.gificon_wink.gificon_wink.gif
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    Jan 09, 2009 3:43 AM GMT
    I lived in the DC area for 17 years.

    Washingtonians have the rare ability to make anything a major, horrific, drama-filled, traffic jammed event.

    For instance, if it was FORECAST to snow, the news would feature reporters live in the field standing next to dry roads or idling snowplows.

    This in turn would cause most residents to flee their homes for the nearest grocery store, to purchase up all of the available eggs, milk, bread, and toilet paper.

    It's a wacky city indeed.

    If I lived where I used to (27 mi west of the District near Dulles Airport) and worked where I used to (upper NW) Inauguration probably wouldn't have messed with my day that much ... but if I worked downtown, or lived close-in on the Virginia side of the river, I can imagine that it would be messy!

    And historic!
  • Thirdbeach

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    Jan 09, 2009 3:46 AM GMT
    hmmm..
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090108.wwashsecurity0108/BNStory/International/home

    and
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090108.wobama08/BNStory/International/home
  • drakutis

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    Jan 09, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    Luckily, I will be off that day for the MLK holiday (it falls on my day off, so I get another day off too!) I will be staying away from DC!!!
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    Jan 09, 2009 4:11 AM GMT
    I live in Adams Morgan too. I usually commute out to Rockville on the Metro but I told my boss there is no way I'm getting on the train that day. Plus with all the bars open extra long, who knows if anyone in the neighborhood will be able to get any sleep the night before.

    COJock1974Washingtonians have the rare ability to make anything a major, horrific, drama-filled, traffic jammed event.


    I won't argue with you about that. As someone who grew up in Wisconsin, I can't believe when they close school for an inch or two of snow here. But in this case, I think its going to be awful. They are expecting up to 2.5 million visitors for the inauguration. Any city would be overwhelmed by that many visitors.

    COJock1974
    If I lived where I used to (27 mi west of the District near Dulles Airport) and worked where I used to (upper NW) Inauguration probably wouldn't have messed with my day that much ...


    Don't be too sure of that. They announced today that all the bridges between VA and DC will be closed to cars (buses, taxis, and limos are allowed). That means many of the VA drivers going to the city will be headed north on the Beltway to Maryland to go into the city that way.