WASHINGTON, D.C. – Are 10,000 tour buses really headed to the nation's capital for the upcoming Inauguration?
The answer appears to be a resounding, "yes."
Local transportation crews – including WMATA and the D.C. Department of Transportation – have conducted a survey of all the charter bus companies within a 1,000 mile radius of D.C., roughly 23,000 motorcoaches.
The survey found 50% to 60% percent of those motorcoaches are headed to the District for the swearing-in, so the 10,000 figure is accurate.
The next question is, where will all the charter buses go?
Metro says it will reserve parking for about 1,2000 of the tour buses at its lots. Some of the latest plans include lining up buses along the Southeast-Southwest Freeway in D.C.
RFK Stadium is expected to be the main staging ground for charter buses in D.C., with around 2,000 headed there.
Metro and D.C. transportation leaders are very firm on one rule: If your tour bus is not registered to park, it will not be allowed to park. Officials say there simply isn't any space for so-called "rogue" buses that show up on Jan. 20.