- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Crowds by 9 a.m. filled the Mall to the Washington Monument, about one mile from the swearing-in stage on Capitol Hill. U.S. Park Police opened the Mall to visitors at 6 a.m. Many had waited since about 2 a.m. and had formed long lines at the check points.

The city’s subway system — the second largest in the country after New York City’s — reported more than 300,000 riders by 9 a.m. and was on its way to breaking the ridership record of 854,638 — set last year.

The 1.7 mile parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest — from Capitol Hill to the White House — was filled within hours of check points being opened at 7 a.m.

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