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Nearly 2,000 Bus Parking Permits Requested for Day of Women's March

The city has issued less than 400 permits for Jan. 20, Inauguration Day

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    About three times more permits to park tour buses in D.C. have been issued for the day of the Women's March on Washington than on Inauguration Day, according to D.C. officials.

    Councilmember Charles Allen told News4 on Wednesday that about 200 permits were requested for the inauguration on Friday, Jan. 20. The city has received about 1,800 permits for the following day, Jan. 21, when thousands are expected to attend the Women's March on Washington in protest of President-elect Donald Trump.

    As of Thursday afternoon, 393 permits were issued for Inauguration Day and more than 1,200 for the march.

    More than 183,000 people said they will be going to the women's march, according to the event's Facebook page.

    Chris Geldart, the director of the D.C. Department of Homeland Security, said although more bus permits have been issued for the Saturday after the inauguration, he is not sure which day will have larger crowds.

    "I can't tell you which is going to be more or less people, or how many people from the 20th are going to stick around for the 21st to add to the numbers," he said.

    Geldart said he asked the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to include the women's march as part of the inaugural special security events, but his request was denied.

    "This may not be an official sanctioned event by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, but it is an event that’s happening because of the inauguration," Geldart said.

    D.C. police and the National Guard will oversee security during the march. The cost of security will likely be covered by a federal grant, he said.

    More private ambulances will also be in service for the inauguration.