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Friday, December 12, 2008

Officials offered some new details and advice yesterday for those planning to go to the presidential inauguration, which will be at noon Jan. 20.

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Mall grounds are open 24 hours, but officials advise people not to arrive before 4 a.m., which is the opening hour for Metro.

People will not be allowed to camp overnight on the Mall.

The parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue will open at 7 a.m. at the earliest.

In a best-case scenario, Metrorail can accommodate 960,000 people if their trips are spread over eight hours. From 1 million to 4 million people are expected to attend Inauguration Day events. Officials are planning alternative pedestrian routes and shuttle service.

The public will be allowed to take chairs, coolers, strollers and backpacks to the Mall. Ticket-holders in the area outside the Capitol will not be allowed to take those items past security.

Officials are looking into the possibility of heated tents in some areas of the Mall.

Ten thousand charter buses are expected, and officials are firming up where they will be allowed to park.

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