Important Travel Tips & Resources

  • Metro expects high ridership on Inauguration Day. Be prepared for long lines, crowded trains and buses and intermittent delays.
  • Stay Connected! Text POTUS to 90360 to receive Metro Inauguration service info and alerts. Standard text message rates apply.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @wmata, @metrorailinfo, @metrobusinfo
  • Plan your Metrorail trip so that you do not have to transfer between rail lines. There is a station near the National Mall on each of Metro's six rail lines. Pick a destination station on the same line as your origin.
  • Washington is a walkable city. Consider avoiding crowded stations and trains by walking up to two miles to reach your destination. Factor in your ability to walk, stand and tolerate cold temperatures for an extended period. Dress warmly.
  • We strongly recommend purchasing your SmarTrip® farecard in advance to avoid long lines on Inauguration Day.
  • Each traveler age five or older needs his/her own SmarTrip® farecard to enter and exit the Metrorail system. You can buy cards online, at any Metrorail station and at some local CVS stores.
  • If you're not using a One-Day Pass, be sure to load your card in advance with enough value for the entire day.
  • Bicycles and large coolers/containers will not be permitted aboard Metro trains on Inauguration Day. Prohibited items at Inauguration events include weapons, firearms and explosives; laser pointers; glass, thermal or metal containers; selfie sticks; drones; and large backpacks and signs.
  • Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited within the Metro system, including trains, buses and stations.

Additional partner resources

United States Secret Service Prohibited Items

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition
  • Animals other than service/guide animals
  • Backpacks and bags exceeding size restrictions (18" by 13" by 7") • Bicycles
  • Balloons
  • Coolers
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Glass, thermal, or metal containers
  • Laser pointers
  • Mace / Pepper spray
  • Packages
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Signs exceeding the size restrictions (20" x 3" x 1/4")
  • Structures
  • Supports for signs and placards
  • Toy guns
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards