Democracy Dies in Darkness

Local

City parking permits for 200 buses are being sought for Inauguration Day. The number for the Women's March: 1,200.

By Perry Stein

January 12, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Watch more!
President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office during the 58th inauguration on Jan. 20. Here's a look at what we know about the planned inaugural activities and a look back at how the tradition has evolved. (Claritza Jimenez, Danielle Kunitz, Julio Negron/The Washington Post)

Far more parking permits are being sought for buses for the Women's March on Washington the day after inauguration than for the inauguration itself, D. C. Council member Charles Allen said Thursday.

Allen (D-Ward 6) said organizers have applied for permits for at least 1,200 to park at RFK Stadium in Washington on Jan. 21, the day of the Women's March on Washington, while just 200 are being sought for parking the day before, Inauguration Day. NBC4 first reported the figures. RFK has a capacity of 1,300 buses.

Related: [ACLU releases a guide on how to interact with police for inauguration demonstrators]

RFK Stadium is the main city-run parking option for charter buses over that weekend. Bus drivers can still find their own parking outside RFK, so these numbers do not necessarily reflect all of the buses that will be headed to the District for inauguration or the Women's March.

The D.C. Council is scheduled to hold a hearing Thursday on inauguration readiness and logistics.

The District's Department of Transportation is running the parking and permitting process at RFK and says there are other parking sites in the city at locations such as Union Station and the Navy Yard.

Related: [The Women’s March needs passion and purpose, not pink pussycat hats]

At President Obama's 2009 inauguration, which saw record breaking attendance numbers, more than 3,000 charter buses were registered for parking permits in the city that day.

This post was updated at 6:15 p.m to include bus permits from Obama's 2009 inauguration. 

Watch more!
'Women’s March on Washington’ organizer Bob Bland speaks with The Washington Post's social change reporter, Sandhya Somashekhar, about the rally planned for the day after Donald Trump's inauguration. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post)

Perry Stein covers D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Post Recommends
Outbrain

You obviously love great journalism.

With special savings on our Basic Digital package, you’ll never miss a single story again.

Already a subscriber?

Secure & Encrypted