Crowds Of 1 Million Or More To Test DC

By: By NAFEESA SYEED, Associated Press Writer
By: By NAFEESA SYEED, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Crowds are streaming into the nation's capital before dawn as Washington prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

By 1:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (4:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C.) Tuesday, lines of riders formed in suburban parking lots for the Metro transit system, which put on extra trains for the expected rush.

But many trains were not overly crowded, and riders seemed to be in a jubilant mood, despite the early hour. Riding a mostly empty Metrorail subway train into the capital from nearby Arlington, Va., before 5 a.m., Obama activist Akin Salawu of Brooklyn, N.Y., called the day "the culmination of two years of work."

On the same subway car was world history teacher Calvin Adams of Arlington, Va., who said he wanted to see history first-hand so that he could teach it to his classes.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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