Inauguration Metro Crowds: D.C. Transit Agency Running 17 Hours Of Rush-Hour Service (UPDATED)

WASHINGTON -- Four years ago, celebrants who turned out for President Obama's first Inauguration pushed D.C.'s Metro system to a new ridership record -- more than 1,120,000 rail trips and 423,000 bus trips.

Although not as many people are expected to turn out this time around, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has been planning for hundreds of thousands of people on Inauguration Day for months.

On Monday, there will be 17 hours of rush-hour Metrorail service, from the 4 a.m. opening until 9 p.m., with rush-hour peak fares in effect. Rail service will continue until 2 a.m. Tuesday with off-peak fares being charged.

Three stations -- Smithsonian, Archives and Mount Vernon Square -- will be closed on Inauguration Day. Major transfer points are anticipated to be crowded, as will stations closest to security checkpoints for the ceremony, including Capitol South, Federal Center SW, L'Enfant Plaza, Judiciary Square and Union Station.

Metro did not report any significant delays or disruptions on the rail system Monday morning. Trains and station platforms were crowded, especially in the downtown core and near the Capitol. In some instances, trains skipped stations with excessive crowding. Also, escalators were shut down at some stations to better accomodate Inauguration Day crowds.

Metro encouraged Inauguration-goers to avoid the core of the system and walk from stations farther out. Blue Line riders from Virginia, for instance, were asked to walk from the Arlington Cemetery station and across the Memorial Bridge toward the National Mall.

During the swearing-in ceremony, Metro reported a track problem near the Van Ness station that caused delays on the Red Line. After the swearing-in ceremony, Metro urged Inauguration goers to delay their return rail trips because of a disabled train that was causing big delays along the Blue and Orange lines between D.C. and Virginia.

Excessive crowding at Metrorail stations prompted transit officials to temporarily close entrances to many stations, including Foggy Bottom, Federal Center SW, L'Enfant Plaza and Metro Center following the swearing-in ceremony.

The delays lingered until about 3:15 p.m.

Metrobus ran run rush-hour service in the morning, but numerous routes downtown were disrupted and turned back at points outside the security perimeter.

There is no D.C. Circulator bus service on Monday.

Click here for Metro's Inauguration Day guide.

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01/25/2013 1:48 PM EST

The Capitol At Sunset


The U.S. Capitol is shown following the public ceremonial inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

01/21/2013 9:34 PM EST

Latest News From The Inauguration With Jason Linkins

01/21/2013 9:12 PM EST

First Lady: 'I'm So Proud'


Just danced to "Let's Stay Together" with the love of my life and the President of the United States. I’m so proud of Barack. –mo

01/21/2013 9:10 PM EST

Wu, Choo Again For FLOTUS

HuffPost reports:

It seems like only yesterday that First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage at the Inaugural Ball in that sparkling white gown and immediately made Jason Wu a household name.

Four years later, at the Obamas' second and final inauguration, Michelle stunned in a long high-neck red Jason Wu gown with velvet details and an armful of sparkly bangles. She wore Jimmy Choo shoes, and a ring by Kimberly McDonald.

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01/21/2013 8:33 PM EST

Obama, Roberts Inscribed Traveling King Family Bible

Per a White House pool report:

From a WH official: After today's swearing in ceremony at the Capitol this afternoon, at the request of the King family, the President and Chief Justice Roberts inscribed the traveling King family Bible.

01/21/2013 7:24 PM EST

Inaugural Ball Main Floor: Cash Bar And Peanuts

Guests at Monday night's main inaugural ball for President Obama will be well served to eat a hearty dinner beforehand, and bring plenty of cash.

The main ballroom floor of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center was festooned with disco balls and thumping Madonna's "Holiday" as the doors opened to guests at around 6:45 p.m., but the bars and food tables were far from lavish: A cash bar required that customers purchase drink tickets from a separate location, while the food laid out on tables consisted of peanuts and pretzels.

Inauguration officials said in December that this year's festivities would be scaled back -- Obama's first inauguration included 10 balls, a fireworks show and a Bruce Springsteen concert. This time around only two official balls were scheduled, the main ball and the Commander In Chief's Ball, for military personnel and VIPs.

The main ballroom space was the least exclusive of the various events taking place tonight in the convention center -- upper floors contained various receptions for donors, diplomats and administration officials. Still, tickets for the main ball initially sold for $1,000, a lot of money to pay for for pretzels and a cash bar.

The cost of tickets was cut to $500 in recent weeks, leading to speculation that inauguration fundraising was lagging behind expectations.

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-- Christina Wilkie

01/21/2013 6:49 PM EST

WATCH: Sasha Yawns During Dad's Inauguration Speech

HuffPost reports:

A .gif of Sasha Obama is becoming quite the viral smash, after the younger First Daughter was caught yawning during her father's inauguration speech.

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According to the Atlantic Wire, 11-year-old Sasha's mighty yawn was captured on camera Monday while President Obama was speaking about education policy.

"No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people," the president had said, before pausing for applause.

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01/21/2013 6:37 PM EST

Crowd Estimates Are In

@ ChadPergram :

DC's security and emergency mgt agency says turnout for #inaug2013 was 800,000 and maybe higher.

01/21/2013 5:51 PM EST

Obamas' Inauguration Kiss Captured By Sasha & Malia On Cell Phones

HuffPost reports:

Most kids get squeamish at the sight of their parents canoodling, but Sasha and Malia Obama love them some good parental PDA.

While watching the Inauguration Day Parade on Monday, the First Daughters got President and Michelle Obama to pose for a quick kiss -- and captured it on their cell phones. First FLOTUS gave her best duck face, then she and POTUS locked lips ever so briefly... then Malia and Sasha examined the results on their small screens and tried out some duck faces of their own.

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01/21/2013 5:44 PM EST

Sasha And Malia Obama To Hit Teen Milestones

The AP reports:

That's how it goes with kids. You hardly notice how fast they're growing up, then suddenly big sis is nearly as tall as Mom and the little one is a tween, gently sassing Dad.

On the inaugural platform again four years later, a more mature Malia Obama, 14, and Sasha, 11, smiled, sometimes giggled, and chatted with their cousin Avery Robinson as they awaited their father's arrival. Sasha bounced on her feet a bit as if chilly in temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, and later huddled in her seat. Malia, looking poised in calf-high black boots, rivaled her mother's 5 feet 11 inches. Like any girls their age, they whipped out their smartphones in the parade reviewing stand to take photos.

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