Metro announced Wednesday that it will augment its rail and bus service in accordance with increased security measures in D.C. surrounding events related to next week’s presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, which will be like no other in history amid the rampaging coronavirus pandemic and an increasingly dangerous political climate.
The transit agency, which serves the D.C. metropolitan region, will close 13 rail stations inside the city’s expanded security perimeter, with 11 closing Friday and two more on Saturday. Those stations will remain closed through the end of service Thursday, Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
From Friday through Jan. 21, trains will operate on a Saturday schedule (every 12 minutes on the Red Line; 15 minutes on all other lines), bypassing all closed stations. Additionally, 26 bus routes will detour around the expanded perimeter during that period.
Buses will operate as normal on weekdays and weekends to accommodate customers making trips outside the zone, with the exception of January 20th, when buses will operate on a Saturday schedule.
Mayor Muriel Bowser has urged avoiding the downtown area during the inauguration. The mayor, along with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan
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