WASHINGTON (CNN) - Automobile traffic will be diverted; bridges closed. But from Amtrak, there's a bit of good news about Inauguration Day travel.
Amtrak says that it has increased the number - and length - of trains running to Washington on January 20, and that tickets are still available.
But they're going quick.
Amtrak can accommodate 5,600 in-bound passengers on a normal weekday, but will accommodate 8,200 to 8,300 on inauguration day, said Amtrak Chief Operating Officer William Crosbie. "I don't think in the (37-year) history of Amtrak we've put on this much capacity," he said.
But space is limited and travelers are encouraged to purchase tickets soon. All Amtrak trains in the Northeast require reservations and ticket purchases before boarding.
(For schedules and other information, passengers can visit www.amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL.)
Crosbie and Amtrak Police Chief John O'Connor have some advice for those coming to DC by train:
- When purchasing a ticket to DC, also buy your return ticket. Tickets will be on sale at Washington's Union Station, but the counter will be crowded.
- Take advantage of restroom facilities on-board the trains. Amtrak will provide additional portable facilities at Union Station, but there may be lines.
- Remember that there are no storage lockers at Union Station.
- Pay attention to the weather and dress appropriately.
- Have patience.