With Inauguration Day fast approaching Jan. 21, one business has gone all-in providing their entire fleet of vehicles for transportation to the D.C. area.
President Barack Obama has scaled back spending on the official inauguration events this time around and not as many people will be attending as four years ago. Still, Reston Limousine is all hands on deck for the big event.
Reston Limousine will be using its entire fleet of vehicles to supply transportation to schools, politicians, bands, musical acts and other high- profile clients.
According to Reston Limousine CEO Kristina Bouweiri, 50 percent of her company’s business comes from the District.
“When the inauguration comes around, usually every limousine service is going to be sold out. Because it is so busy and there is more demand than supply, we all have a 40-hour minimum,” Bouweiri said. “Right now, 100 percent of our 300 vehicle fleet is devoted to the inauguration. It’s like the Super Bowl type of event.”
In addition to using limousines and other luxury vehicles, Reston Limo is also using its buses.
“We have corporate clients, private clients, celebrities who are coming to perform, transportation for bands in the parade,” Bouweiri said.
While Reston Limousine is involved in inauguration events, the rest of Loudoun is ready and willing.
“It definitely won’t be like President Obama’s first inauguration and we knew that after our meetings with Destination D.C. We were told to expect 500,000 to 800,000 visitors to come in for the event,” Visit Loudoun President and CEO Patrick Kaler said. “I think at this point those numbers might not be coming in as they thought. It is my understanding there is rooms still left in D.C. at this time.”
According to Kaler, Loudoun County has several hotels hosting bands and other groups who have booked with them.
“It is common for Loudoun to house these type of groups because these school bands are traveling on a budget and D.C. hotels require a three or four night minimum at very high rates and those groups can’t afford that,” Kaler said.
Kaler added that Visit Loudoun has not made plans with bus companies to provide transportation for Loudoun citizens or guests.
However, Loudoun County Transit will be offering commuter bus service Jan. 21.
Buses will operate between several park and ride lots in Loudoun County and the West Falls Church Metrorail station.
Morning buses to West Falls Church – Metro’s Orange Line – will begin leaving at 4:10 a.m. Buses will make numerous return trips between 3 and 7:45 p.m. LC Transit officials will direct passengers to the appropriate buses at the West Falls Church station.
The Inauguration Day bus schedule includes:
• Harmony Park and Ride Lot in Hamilton: Departs from 39464 E. Colonial Highway every 30 minutes between 4:15 and 6:45 a.m. Return trips from West Falls Church station every 30 minutes between 3 and 7:45 p.m.
• Leesburg Park and Ride Lot: Departs from 19730 Sycolin Road every 10 minutes between 4:10 and 7:10 a.m. Return trips from West Falls Church station every 15 minutes between 3 and 7:45 p.m.
• Dulles North Transit Center: Departs every five minutes between 4:15 and 7:05 a.m. Return trips from West Falls Church station every 10 minutes between 3 and 7:45 p.m.
• Cascades Area: Five scheduled departures from Broad Run Farms, Cascades and Lowes Island to West Falls Church between 4:39 and 7:10 a.m. Five scheduled return trips between 3:10 and 6:55 p.m.
Rides on the transit buses will cost $2.50 when paying with exact cash or $2 with a SmarTrip card.
Complete details on Loudoun County’s Inauguration Day bus service, including Loudoun County Park and Ride Lot locations can be found at loudoun.gov/bus or by calling 703-771-5665. Additional Metrorail passenger information is available at metroopensdoors.com.
Trevor Baratko contributed to this report.
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