Inauguration Day 2017

January 19, 2017
        • Metrorail is open 4 a.m. – midnight with rush-hour service and peak fares from opening until 9 p.m.
        • Yellow Line Rush+ service will be in effect 4 a.m. – 9 p.m. between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt stations.
        • Metrobus will operate Saturday Supplemental service (Saturday schedule with additional trips on some routes). Please check your Moovit timetables for all updated times. Expect major Metrobus detours and turn-backs in the National Mall area.

    Service on Friday January 20th

    Changes and Closures

      • For security reasons, Archives, Federal Triangle, Mt Vernon Sq, Pentagon and Smithsonian stations will be closed on Inauguration Day. Plan to use other stations.
      • Several downtown Metrorail station entrances will be designated as “entry only” or “exit only” to safely manage crowds.
      • Some escalators will be intentionally turned off to regulate the flow of customers.
      • Pennsylvania Ave NW will be closed between the Capitol and White House for the Inaugural Parade.
      • Many Metrobus routes will operate on detours or will operate in segments due to road closures near the National Mall.


    MetroBus Service

    Inauguration Day road closures will result in service changes for more than 50 Metrobus routes.

    Pentagon Transit Center will be closed.  All routes normally operating to the Transit Center on a Saturday Supplemental schedule will begin/end at Pentagon City.

    Due to road closures, many routes that normally cross the secure area will turn around near the National Mall. That means you may not be able to use buses to travel to destinations on the other side of the National Mall, but you can use them to get to Inauguration.

    There will be temporary bus stops around the security perimeter of the event where bus routes will end. Look for the symbols on the map below for route turn-around locations. From there, you can walk to the National Mall or ask your bus operator for a special event transfer to travel through the National Mall area and secure zone on Metrorail. Please click here for all route changes.

    MTA Maryland

    The MTA will be running a special schedule with trains operating into Washington D.C. in the morning only and returning from Washington D.C. in the evening only. Regular weekday schedules will not be in effect and there will be no Camden Line service January 20.

    On Inauguration Day, trains will not stop at Bowie, Seabrook, or New Carrollton on the Penn Line and Rockville, Garrett Park, Kensington, or Silver Spring on the Brunswick Line.  Passengers needing those stops should use Washington Metrorail.

    All seating is on a first-come first-served basis and there will not be any reserved seating.

    While every passenger on the trains will need a ticket for passage, regular MARC tickets will be accepted for all rides on all MARC trains on Inauguration Day. When trains reach a safe capacity, boarding will be stopped and passengers will be required to wait for the next train.

    Travel Tips

    Moovit is updated with all your Metrorail and Metrobus needs. We will be providing the best and fastest trip in order to avoid crowds and closed stations.  Please make sure to refer to the “alerts” section in order to keep up to date with road closures as well as detours.


    • Washington is a walkable city. Consider avoiding crowded stations and trains by walking up to two miles to reach your destination – use Moovit for your best walking options.