Inaugural transit options all have drawbacks

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WASHINGTON (AP) — If you want to get to the National Mall on Inauguration Day, you're probably better off not driving.

The hundreds of thousands of people spilling into the nation's capital Monday are encouraged to travel by rail, bus or bicycle. And no matter what they choose, those watching the inauguration activities will eventually end up on foot — and possibly walking several miles — if they want to catch a glimpse of President Barack Obama.

The region's transportation infrastructure is strained during peak driving hours on a normal day. However, with much smaller crowds expected than for Obama's historic first inauguration four years ago, getting in the car will still be an option.

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