Things to know about Inauguration weekend (UPDATED)

(UPDATED Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.)

Inauguration Day, January 20th.

Open or Closed?

Virginia Road Restrictions

      • I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 3 a.m. on January 20. HOV lanes on I-395 will re-open southbound upon the conclusion of the Inaugural parade.
      • HOV restrictions will be lifted on I-66 (as well as on I-395 when the lanes reopen Friday evening).
      • I-395 main lanes and I-66 will be open to all traffic.
      • Memorial Bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic and authorized vehicle traffic only.
      • Key Bridge, Chain Bridge, Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the American Legion Bridge will be open to all traffic.
      • North Washington Street at Montgomery Street (City of Alexandria) to Reagan National Airport will be open.


  • Metrorail will open at 4 a.m. and close at midnight, with rush-hour service and peak fares until 9 p.m.
  • Five Metro stations – Archives, Mt Vernon Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian and Pentagon –  will be closed due to enhanced security measures.
  • Riders planning to use Metro are encouraged to purchase a SmarTrip card in advance to avoid long lines on Inauguration Day (each rider age 5 or older needs a 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.


Due to additional security measures, the Main Hall in Union Station will be closed Tuesday at 10 p.m., through Friday morning.

  • Wednesday and Thursday:  VRE, MARC and Amtrak passenger will enter Union Station at the West Portico entrance/Metro entrance on 40 Mass, near the outdoor bike racks. (Inside the station, it is the entrance near Le Pain Quotidien restaurant and H&M retail store). Please follow the special signage and the instructions of station personnel and law enforcement for exiting and entering the station.
  • Friday:  The Main Hall will be open again, as well as the normal entrances.
  • VRE will operate on an “S” schedule Friday, January 20th



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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.