Women's march planned for day after inauguration
Tens of thousands of women plan to march the day after President-Elect Donald Trump is sworn in, and some organizers say the crowds could be larger than the Inauguration itself.
The Capitol is being transformed for the Inauguration and workers spent Friday moving chairs and getting the National Mall ready. Trump says his ceremony could perhaps be record-setting.
Susan Cocciarelli is in town from Michigan, but she’s not interested in seeing Trump take the oath. Instead, she’s here for the Women's March on Washington, a day she believes will attract more people.
"There are people throughout the country who are demonstrating by being present that they don't share the same philosophy," Cocciarelli said.
The march is expected to start near Independence Avenue and 3rd Street SW. D.C. Police say they have received a permit for 200,000 people.
"In the 10 years I've been in business I've never seen an event that has demanded this many buses," said Armir Harris, founder and CEO of Shofur Bus Reservation Service.
Buses will be parked at RFK Stadium for both events. Officials said 200 buses are registered at RFK for the Inauguration and 1,200 buses have a permit for the Women's March.
DDOT said another 193 buses are registered at various locations around the district for the Inauguration.
Harris is helping organize transportation for the march, and said his company is seeing a surge in calls.
"We're getting calls from all over the country. People have booked buses as far as Chicago and Texas, and we even have requests from California," Harris said.
Harris is predicting massive crowds, leaving many speculating if Trump will be upstaged by protesters on January 21st.
"I just think this election has been really hard for a lot of people and they just want to be heard," said Karla Haney, in town visiting DC.
D.C. Police said if more people show up for the march than the 200,000 it has a permit for there will be no repercussions.