Inauguration Day Travel Information

Inauguration Day Travel Information

For January 20-21, 2017, WMATA has provided the following information regarding Hours and Service, Changes and Closures, and the Women's March on Washington. Please check the WMATA website for any additional updates.

Inauguration Day Travel Information – Friday, January 20

Hours and Service

  • 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). Customers should check their timetable for details. Expect major Metrobus detours and turn-backs in the National Mall area.

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.

New! Women’s March on Washington – Saturday, January 21

  • Metrorail will open two hours early -- at 5:00 a.m. – this Saturday.
  • Metrorail will run on an “enhanced Saturday schedule”, adding up to two dozen additional trains, to accommodate those attending the Women’s March on Washington.

Metro expects high ridership on Inauguration Day and Saturday. Be prepared for long lines, crowded trains and buses, and intermittent delays. For more information about rail and bus service, parking information, and travel tips, visit