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.
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.
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.