The presidential inauguration and surrounding events and activities are expected to bring large crowds to Washington, DC, and Amtrak is working with local, state and federal officials to ensure a safe and memorable experience for all customers. Before heading to or through Washington - Union Station, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you head out the door:
During inauguration week, January 17 - 22, be prepared for several modifications that will limit public access to Washington Union Station. Amtrak operations will continue as normal but please follow special signage to access boarding gates for Amtrak, commuter, transit services and the garage/bus deck.
The main entrance and main hall of Union Station will close beginning at 10 pm.
The main entrance to Union Station will be closed.
The main entrance to Union Station will be closed. The majority of vendors, including food court on the lower level of the station and mezzanine will be closed at 2 pm.
The only three available public entrances January 17 - 19 will be on the west side of the station:
Follow special signage and the instructions of station personnel and law enforcement for exiting and entering the station.
The main entrance, and all other entrances, to Union Station will be open to the public.
A list of items prohibited from the inaugural event sites and locations is available on the District of Columbia inaugural website.
Heightened front-line and behind-the-scenes security measures will be in stations and aboard trains, and may include:
If you see something, say something. Report any suspicious activity or unattended items to an Amtrak employee or member of the Amtrak Police Department at 1-800-331-0008, by calling 911, or by sending a text to APD11 from a smartphone, or to 27311 from a standard cell phone.
Supplementing Amtrak service in the Washington, DC, area will be commuter rail service in Maryland and Virginia.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will open at 4 am and close at midnight on Inauguration Day. There will be 17 consecutive hours of rush-hour service from 4 am until 9 pm. Peak fares will be in effect during this time. Metrobus service will also experience changes on Inauguration day. Get more information on Metro inauguration day service.
MARC Penn Line service between Baltimore and Washington, and Brunswick Line between Brunswick, MD, and Washington, DC, will operate on a limited schedule on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20. All seating will be unreserved, available on a first-come, first-served basis. MARC will honor both their regular tickets and special commemorative inaugural tickets that be sold by Commuter Direct. On Saturday and Sunday, January 21 and 22, MARC will operate on its regular weekend schedule. MARC will continue to closely monitor the needs of its customers and adjust its operating plan as needed. Get more information on MARC inauguration service.
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) trains, which operate between Fredericksburg/Manassas, VA, and Washington, DC, will operate on an “S Schedule,” which will offer reduced service from the normal operating schedule. Only trains with an “S” above the train number on the schedule will operate. Get more information on VRE inauguration service.
Stations within the security perimeter will be shut down for the evening beginning after 12 pm on January 18. This includes stations near the Capitol, National Mall, the White House and along the inaugural Parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from the Capitol to the White House. Find a complete list of stations affected by the security perimeter, Corral Service, as well as other important information on the Capital Bikeshare website.
These sites contain helpful links and other important information regarding Inaugural events and activities:
Information will be also available prior to and during Inauguration Day on various social media sites. Some of the Twitter handles used to communicate information from inaugural partners include: