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Editorial: Plan for trip to inauguration

While officials aren't expecting anything near the record crowd that swarmed Washington for Barack Obama's first inauguration, they say people planning on attending should expect delays, and if you aren't going to the events and don't have to be in the area, you should stay far, far away.

An estimated 1.8 million people attended Obama's first inauguration. This time, officials are expecting a crowd of about 800,000. Still, that's a lot of people crowding in to a small space to the same time.

Officials in the District this week urged residents to use public transportation. That may be the easiest the way to get around. AAA Mid-Atlantic this week said drivers should come prepared for anything.

"Heightened security protocols, traffic blockades and parking restrictions across the region on Inauguration Day could spell long lines everywhere and car trouble for unprepared motorists," Ragina C. Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic's Manager of Public and Government Affairs said in a press release. "Although many celebrants and out-of-town visitors will drive to Metro stations for the trip downtown, motorists should keep a full-tank of gasoline in their vehicles, just in case they are stranded or stuck in traffic. Inauguration goers should have a fully charged cell phone and send a text message if you need roadside assistance."

Among other restrictions, the AAA notes that visitors can't bring umbrellas to the Capitol grounds, so they should prepare for the weather by wearing layers. The weather on Monday is supposed to be cloudy with a high of 36 and lows in the teens.

Visitors should be prepared to stand in long lines at inaugural events. Restroom facilities will be also limited, the AAA warned, and strollers won't be allowed on the Capitol Grounds or the parade route on Inauguration Day.

Taking part in Inauguration Day festivities is something that everyone should experience at some point in their lives. But some advance planning can help ensure reduce the chance of problems and ensure a memorable experience.

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