The message from the inaugural committee to the public for Jan. 20 is: Leave Your Car At Home.
Some 350 free buses will be on the streets from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Jan. 21, leaving nearly 50 loading areas around the city and suburbs. Officials expect to transport at least 125,000 people to and from public and private events.
Six pick-up points will be in the District, along with a major loading area at RFK Stadium, which has parking places for at least 7,000 cars. Twenty-six stops will be in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, including the Pentagon where as many as 5,000 cars can be accommodated.
The buses will shuttle people going to the 11:30 a.m. swearing as well as the parade afterwards to within a few blocks of the events. The subway, which runs from Rhode Island Avenue NW, will operate that day, although it is a federal holiday and it would normally be closed. Between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. you can ride free.
The last buses returning to the city and suburban pick-up and drop-off points will leave downtown at 6:30 p.m. Buses will start return trips as soon as the parade ends.
There will be no parking available in the area near the parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Capitol or the White House, the police will start towing cars out of this area at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 20. The ban will be in effect until midnight. Also, a number of streets in that area will be closed to private vehicles, which means that John and Jane - Public can get closer to the parade by using the free public transportation than by trying to drive in, inaugural officials said.
Starting on Jan. 18, there will also be free bus shuttles from National, Dulles and Baltimore-Washington International Airports as well as Union Station. The buses, intended for people coming from out-of-town who can't afford taxis, will leave every half hour between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. on the 18th, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the 19th, and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the 20th and will go to 15 different area hotels.