The Washington Times - January 20, 2009, 06:26AM

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At 6:15 a.m., Red Line Metro trains heading from Silver Spring were already packed as they got close to downtown.

At the Catholic University stop, three stations out from Union Station, people were having trouble getting onto some cars.

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The streets around Union Station were thronged with people at 6:30 a.m.

Omoye Akhile, 19, a Howard University student, bounded up the street outside the station with six of her girlfriends, singing, “It’s a brand new day.”

“I feel very proud of our country that we’ve come so far,” she said. “It’s a new day because it’s a new beginning.

“And I’m excited,” she said with a squeal.

— Jon Ward, White House reporter