Flying to and from the Washington D.C. area for Trump’s inauguration will be no walk in the park. Then again, taking the nation’s largest rail service, Amtrak, may not be any easier.
In anticipation of thousands traveling to Washington D.C. between Friday, January 20, and Monday, January 23 for the inauguration ceremony, Amtrak is expanding security and service to and from the nation’s capital, according to a Fox News report.
Amtrak plans to provide more seats and to schedule more trains on its Acela Express and Northeast Regional services.
In addition to preemptive measures that Amtrak is taking to accommodate thousands who plan to travel that weekend, they are also offering some helpful advice that you will want to know if you are planning to attend the swearing-in. As reported on the Fox News site:
–All Amtrak trains in the Northeast require reservations prior to boarding. Customers are advised to book as early as possible on Amtrak.com, via Amtrak mobile apps or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL, and to pick up their round-trip tickets before boarding the train to Washington.
–Anticipate gridlock. You don’t want to wind up missing your train out of town, so allow extra time to get to Union Station.
–Some entrances to Union Station may closed. Special signs will be in place to direct travelers to boarding gates, commuter and transit services, the parking garage and bus deck.
–Amtrak personnel will be on hand to assist customers at Union Station and several other Northeast Corridor stations, including in New York, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore.
–With numerous trains arriving at the same time, they may take turns unloading customers to prevent overcrowding in the station.
–Restroom facilities at Union Station are limited and will be extremely crowded. Consider using the restroom before arriving at the station for your return trip. Portable restrooms will be available outside the station.
— Lockers and storage units may fill up quickly, so pack lightly.
–Tag your bag and keep it close. Amtrak personnel may not be able to respond to calls about lost items.
Amtrak wants all inauguration-goers to know that due to additional security measures being implemented, you may experience delays. They are asking that you be prepared for “heightened security measures in train stations and aboard trains,” which includes the following:
–Enhanced patrolling by Amtrak police officers and local, state and federal law enforcement.
–Additional K-9 units. (Customers are asked to let the dogs do their work. Do not approach or try to pet police dogs.
–Increased identification checks.
–Screening of passengers and their carry-on and checked baggage.
Lastly, Amtrak is asking all passengers and travelers to be vigilant and “report any suspicious activity or unattended items to an Amtrak employee or a member of the Amtrak Police Department.”
H/T: Fox News
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