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2017 Presidential Inauguration -- Capitol Complex Street Closures, Public Transportation, and Other Information

January 9, 2017
Press Release

The 58th Presidential Inaugural ceremonies will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol.  Events and activities celebrating the Inauguration, a designated National Special Security Event, will take place from Thursday, January 19, 2017, through Saturday, January 21, 2017. 

In order to accommodate these events, a Transportation Plan was developed that provides the general outlines for vehicular restricted zones, road closures, charter vehicles, public transportation and pedestrian routes.  Additions to this plan may be made prior to the Inaugural and will be updated on this website and others.  PDF icon2017 Inaugural Joint Transportation Plan.pdf

Ready-to-print maps of the parade entry points and District-wide road closures are available at

The following is specific information for the Capitol Complex regarding street closures, parking restrictions, prohibited items, and other details concerning the 2017 Presidential Inaugural events on and around Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill Street Closures

Road closures on Capitol Hill will be instituted by the U.S. Capitol Police in cooperation with the Metropolitan Police Department. Access to the perimeter will be restricted to those bearing proper U.S. Capitol Police authorization, credentials, and vehicle access placards.  No public parking will be available. 

The following street closures will go into effect starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, (in addition to roads regularly restricted on Capitol Grounds):

  • East Capitol Street from First Street to Second Street

The following street closures will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, (in addition to roads regularly restricted on Capitol Grounds): 

  • Washington Avenue, SW, from C Street, SW, to Independence Avenue, SW (northbound only)
  • Louisiana Avenue, NW, from New Jersey Avenue, NW, to Constitution Avenue, NW

In addition to the closures listed above, the following street closures will go into effect starting at 11 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017:

  • Louisiana Avenue, NE, between Columbus Circle and Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Delaware Avenue, NE, between Columbus Circle and D Street, NE
  • First Street NE/SE between Columbus Circle and D Street, SE
  • North Capitol Street between E Street, NW, and D Street, NE
  • New Jersey Avenue, NW, between D Street, NW, and Constitution Avenue, NW 
  • D Street NE/NW between First Street, NW, and Massachusetts Avenue, NE
  • First Street NW/SW between D Street, NW, and Washington Avenue, SW
  • C Street, NW, between Second Street, NW, and Second Street, NE
  • Second Street, NW, between C Street, NW, and Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Second Street, NE, between Massachusetts Avenue, NE, and C Street, SE
  • C Street, SE, between Second Street, SE, and Fourth Street, SW
  • D Street SE/SW between First Street, SE, and Fourth Street, SW
  • Washington Avenue, SW, between South Capitol Street and Independence Avenue, SW
  • Independence Avenue SE/SW between Third Street, SE, and Fourth Street, SW
  • Third Street NW/SW between E Street, SW, and D Street, NW
  • Constitution Avenue NE/NW between Second Street, NE, and Third Street, NW
  • Maryland Avenue, NE, between First Street, NE, and Constitution Avenue, NE
  • East Capitol Street between First Street NE and Second Street NE
  • Second Street, SW, between Washington Avenue, SW, and E Street, SW
  • South Capitol Street between E Street, SW, and D Street, SW
  • I-295 South on-ramp from Washington Avenue, SW
  • I-395 North off-ramp onto Washington Avenue, SW
  • I-395 North off-ramp onto C Street, NW
  • I-395 South on-ramp from Second Street, SW 
  • I-395 South off-ramp onto Second Street, SW 
  • I-395 North on-ramp from Washington Avenue, SW 
  • I-295 North off-ramp onto Washington Avenue, SW 

Streets will begin to reopen following the conclusion of the parade after 5 p.m. 

Security and transportation plans for the 2017 Inauguration were developed by a partnership of local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies, including the United States Secret Service, the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the United States Capitol Police (USCP), the United States Park Police, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Virginia State Police, and the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Public Transportation 

Inaugural events attendees are encouraged to use public transportation, as many streets in and around the Capitol Grounds and the National Mall area will be closed to private automobiles for much of the day. Metro plans to run special rail service on Inauguration Day (January 20) to support large crowds traveling to and from the National Mall and other events in the region.


  • Metrorail will open at 4 a.m. and close at midnight. Peak fares will be in effect from 4 a.m. until 9 p.m. After 9 p.m., off-peak fares will be in effect.
  • Five of Metro's 91 stations -- Archives, Mt. Vernon Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, and Pentagon - will be closed due to enhanced security measures.
  • For 17 consecutive hours -- from opening until 9 p.m. -- trains will run frequently on all lines, including "Rush Plus" service on the Yellow Line between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt.
  • Riders planning to use Metro are encouraged to purchase their SmarTrip card in advance to avoid long lines on Inauguration Day. (Each rider age 5 or older needs his/her own SmarTrip card to enter and exit the system.) 
  • Metro recommends that riders plan their trip to the National Mall without transferring between lines. There is a station near the National Mall on each Metro line.


  • Metrobus will operate "Saturday Supplemental" service (Saturday schedule with additional trips on selected routes). Check for details.
  • Approximately 50 routes will operate with detours due to Inauguration events and road closures. Expect delays and detours. Please allow additional time.
  • Routes that normally cross the National Mall will turn around at special locations outside the secure area; use Metrorail instead. Visit for information.
  • Temporary bus stops will be marked around the security perimeter of the event where bus routes will end.


  • MetroAccess paratransit service for customers with disabilities will operate identical hours to rail and bus schedules.
  • MetroAccess customers are encouraged to plan extra time to travel due to increased traffic throughout the service area. Due to road closures, MetroAccess vehicles will only be able to drop off customers several blocks from the National Mall and parade route.
  • MetroAccess vehicles will not be permitted access to streets that are closed. All MetroAccess users should be prepared for detours and extended travel times.


  • Metro has approximately 60,000 parking spaces in 29 lots and 22 garages throughout the Washington region for private motorists to park on Inauguration Day. Many of these facilities are located near major highways, such as I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway).
  • Regular weekday parking rates will be charged as you exit the garage and may be paid by credit card.
  • Parking facilities at Metro stations may reach capacity early on Inauguration Day. Have a backup plan in the event that your selected parking facility is full.

Metro's website is For important real-time updates regarding Metro service and parking availability, follow @wmata, @metrorailinfo and @metrobusinfo, and sign up for Metro Inauguration Alerts by texting POTUS to 90360. For Metro travel information by phone, call (202) 637-7000 [TTY 202- 962-2033].

Charter Buses

Transportation and security planners anticipate up to 1,500 private buses carrying approximately 100,000 participants to Washington, D.C., for the Inaugural events. 

Parking is only available at RFK Stadium and must be reserved in advance at From RFK Stadium, passengers will be able to take Metrorail, walk, or, in limited cases, take shuttle buses to the Inaugural events. 

Charter buses will not be able to park and/or drop off passengers at any Metro station in Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland. All transportation providers planning to travel to the District of Columbia during Inauguration Week with chartered buses, motor carriers, etc., must obtain a trip permit from the District Department of Motor Vehicles if they do not have apportioned tags and must reserve parking in advance. Parking for charter buses is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online Information

Inaugural information is available on the following sites to help those planning to attend the Inaugural events:

Additional information is available online for residents of the District, Virginia and Maryland, as well as charter operators, through the following websites:


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