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Getting to Inaugural Events

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The Mall view from the Capitol, January 20, 2009. Photo: Rich Murphy FOX 5 The Mall view from the Capitol, January 20, 2009. Photo: Rich Murphy FOX 5

Getting around near the Capitol and Mall during Inauguration takes pre-planning. Here is some information to help you get around the headaches. Be prepared.

From U.S. Secret Service
Viewing the Inaugural ceremonies from the U.S. Capitol grounds requires a ticket issued by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Information on tickets is available at  Recommended Metro exits for individuals with tickets include Capitol South, Eastern Market, Union Station, NoMa-Gallaudet U (New York Ave.), Judiciary Square, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Federal Center SW or L'Enfant Plaza. Additional information on the Inaugural ceremonies is available at

Viewing the Inaugural ceremonies from the National Mall does not require tickets. The non-ticketed area of the National Mall begins at 4th Street NW, and extends towards the Washington Monument.  Entry points to the non-ticketed portion of the National Mall are located at:

·        Constitution Avenue NW at 7th Street NW, 9th Street NW and 12th Street NW
·        Independence Avenue SW at 7th Street SW and 12th Street SW

Individuals using Metro to access the Inaugural events, including the non-ticketed area of the National Mall, are advised to:

·        Use Metro's interactive "What's My Best Route" tool at to find the best station to use near the National Mall.
·        Exit at a station on the same line as where they started their trip to avoid transferring.
·        Avoid high-traffic stations near the Capitol including Capitol South, Union Station, Judiciary Square or Federal Center SW stations

An important reminder for all Metro riders is that the Smithsonian, Archives and Mt Vernon Square Metro stations will be closed on Inauguration Day.  For additional information from Metro, including walking maps and travel tips, please visit

The following security measures will be in place for the 57th Presidential Inauguration:

·        Downtown Area Road Closures: A map detailing specific road closures is attached. Vehicle restricted zones will be in effect beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday, January 20, through 7 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22. Restrictions will be implemented on a rolling schedule, beginning at Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 2nd Street NW to 15th Street NW.  All closures will be in place by the morning of Monday, January 21. All vehicular road closures in Washington, D.C., will be instituted by MPD. Inquiries pertaining to road closures should be directed to the MPD Office of Public Information at (202) 727-4383. Details regarding road closures will be available online at  and

·         Security Screenings: All attendees, including general public and ticketed guests, will be subject to a thorough security screening before entering the Inaugural parade route, the White House reviewing stand and the Inaugural balls. Please allow for additional time for this security screening, as it is expected that lines may be long.

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