Metro, police prepare for Inauguration crowds
Hundreds of thousands of people will head to the District for the inauguration in just a matter of days. But after some major issues with public transportation in 2009 and problems on the red line today, is Metro ready to handle the crowds?
Metro riders say there was barely any room to stand on the platform this morning after emergency track work delayed trains along the red line for hours.
"It's certainly better that it happened today, if it's gonna happen, than happening on Monday," says Dan Stessel, Metro spokesperson.
Predictions are that about a million people will descend on Washington to catch a glimpse of the president saying the oath of office on Monday.
People will turn to Metro to get around town and hope they can depend on it without major delays.
"I hope it doesn't happen because I don't want to drive into the city," says Doreene England, a Metro rider. "But, I'm going to take my chances and go to the inauguration."
Metro says inspections are underway in advance of the inauguration to fix any issues that could disrupt service on the big day.
From it's inauguration command center, Metro Transit Police will be watching through a multitude of cameras. And 150 transit officers are coming from other areas of the country to help with safety concerns.
Metro will have extra employees at several different stations working to fix any potential problems on Monday.