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Metro Changes and Closures on Inauguration Day

By Fritz Hahn
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Friday, January 14, 2005;

Metro is extending hours on Inauguration Day, running from 5 a.m. to 3 a.m. Off-peak fares will be charged all day, but anyone spending time downtown may want to purchase a "commemorative" one-day, unlimited travel rail pass for $6.50.

There will be some changes for security reasons -- the Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines) and Archives-Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow lines) stations will be closed until the end of the inaugural parade, expected to be around 5 p.m. The Mount Vernon Square/7th Street Convention Center Station, closest to most of the inaugural balls, will be closed from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Also, you've been warned: All bathrooms in all Metro stations will be closed all day.

On Tuesday, Metro announced that the 7th and F Street entrance to the Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red, Green and Yellow lines) station will be closed "until further notice" because of inaugural events. Trains will continue to stop at the station, however. On Thursday, the F Street entrance to Judiciary Square (Red line) will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Use the 4th Street entrance instead.

Metro buses that run near the Mall and parade route will be detoured, and all Metrobus routes will operate on a Saturday (read: more infrequent) schedule.

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