Crowds Form Early At Metro For The Inauguration

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Video: Family Ready For Inauguration Day

Video: People Flock To Metro Station For Inauguration

Crowd outside L'Enfant Plaza Metro station on the way to the National Mall

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Fewer riders expected this year than for the 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, but there will be station closures and other transportation adjustments. Three Metro stations will be closed: Smithsonian, Archives and Mount Vernon Square. Rush hour and the coinciding fares will be in effect from 4 a.m. through 9 p.m. Service runs until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Metro tweeted from @MetroInaug that as of 7 a.m., 89,000 people had entered the system. It also reported that heavy crowds were reported at Federal Center SW, tweeting: "Please use Federal Center SW only if you hold an Inauguration Day ticket. L'Enfant Plaza is your best alternate if you are not ticketed."

WUSA 9's Delia Goncalves gave an update on the number around 9:45 a.m., saying there were more than 113,000 people were counted on Metro's system so far.

The Metro ridership rate surpassed the halfway mark of 2009 levels at 10 a.m. with more than 266,000 people, according to @MetroInaug.

At approximately 11 a.m., Metro reported the 7th and D entrance at L'Enfant Plaza was temporarily closed due to crowds at the U.S. Secret Service's request. It later reopened.

Delia Goncalves reported from the New Carrollton Metro stop early Monday morning. She caught up with one family who was bundled up and ready to go. Delia also says she spotted plenty of people who were carrying items that may be prohibited in some areas in D.C. today. Check the list of prohibited items here:

Ko Im caught up with people at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station near the National Mall. See the uptick in traffic there in the video.

For Metro updates follow @MetroInaug and @wmata on Twitter

Here are some notes for ticket holders:

Ticket holders taking the Metro will have to go through security checkpoints at certain areas depending on the color of their ticket. 

For red ticket holders you have to take the Metro to Capitol South or Eastern Market using the Orange or Blue lines. You enter the screening point at C Street and South Capitol Street Southeast.
Use the Red Gate only. 

Green ticket holders should take the Metro to Federal Center Southwest using the orange or blue lines or L'Enfant Plaza using the orange, blue, yellow or green lines.Enter the screening point at D Street Northwest. Use the Orange gate only.

Gold ticket holders will go to the same location but you will use the gold gate.

If you are an orange ticket holder you should take the Metro to Judiciary Square using the red line or you can go to Gallery Place on the red, yellow or green lines. Go through the screening at the 1st and D Streets Northwest. Use the orange gate only.

The yellow ticket holders should follow the same path except you use the yellow gate.

Finally, blue ticket holders should take Metro to Union Station or NoMa Gallaudet U using the red line. Enter the screening point at Delaware Avenue and D street northeast. Use the blue gate only.  

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