Inauguration Day is six weeks away, but it’s never too early to begin planning your trip if you are heading to the Mall. Case in point: The Maryland Transit Administration will begin selling MARC tickets to President Obama’s second inauguration next week.
Tickets will go on sale on Dec. 17 at 8 a.m. They will be available online (mta.maryland.gov) or at the MTA Transit Store (6 St. Paul St., Baltimore, Md.). Each round-trip ticket will cost $25. If you’re hoping to buy some for friends, family or other visitors, keep something in mind: There’s a limit of 20 tickets per transaction.
Inauguration Day is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2013, which is also the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Typically, transit agencies run limited or no service on federal holidays, but some systems are making exceptions for the event. Metro, which would normally operate on a holiday schedule, will open early and run extended rush hour service.
MARC trains, which would normally not run on this holiday, will operate reserved trains on special schedules. Trains will only run on the Penn and Brunswick lines. On the Penn Line, there will be eight trains from Baltimore to Washington between 7 and 11 a.m. and 10 trains from Washington to Baltimore between 1:30 and 7 p.m. Penn Line trains will not operate north of Baltimore’s Penn Station. On the Brunswick Line, four trains will run to Washington between 7:30 and 9 a.m. and four trains will leave Washington between 3:30 and 5 p.m. (You can view the full schedule here.)
The Maryland Transit Administration will not run any commuter buses on Inauguration Day. In addition, the Virginia Railway Express is not planning to operate on Inauguration Day, according to a spokesman.