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Inauguration Day: Transport companies suspend routes to Washington amid heightened security concerns

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Washington (US): Several US transport companies, including bus services Greyhound and Megabus, have suspended their routes to Washington from January 17-20 due to security concerns, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Earlier, US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the Oversight Committee, was reported to have sent letters to various bus services, auto rental companies, as well as hotels, asking to help prevent possible incidents in the days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, scheduled for January 20.

Among the companies that received such letters are Megabus, Greyhound, BoltBus, Peter Pan, Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott.

“Washington, DC Union Station will be shut down from Sunday, January 17 through Wednesday, January 20 due to inauguration activities,” Greyhound said on its website.

A Megabus spokesperson told a similar thing to the Sputnik correspondent, adding that it is only possible to reach Baltimore right now.

Meanwhile, amid heightened security ahead of US President-elect Joe Biden’s oath-taking ceremony, a man from Virginia has been arrested at the inauguration checkpoint in Washington, DC, for carrying an “unauthorized” inauguration credential and an unregistered handgun with more than 500 rounds of ammunition in his car.

Citing a report on the incident by Metropolitan Police, The Hill said that the man was identified as Wesley A Beeler had presented a legitimate credential, but it did not grant him access to the restricted area he was seeking to enter.

He was denied passage through the checkpoint, located half a mile from the Capitol at North Capitol Street and E Street Northwest after the credentials were checked against an approved access list, The New York Times stated.

On January 6, a group of US President Donald Trump’s loyalists stormed the US Capitol building. Washington unleashing what has been referred to as a scathing attack on US democracy.

Violent scenes erupted from the seat of the Congress where a session was being held to certify Joe Biden official winner of the 2020 Election race for the presidency. The pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol, looted the interiors, plundered, and wreaked havoc as the world watched in awe and disbelief. 

The aftermath of the Capitol breach has increased security in the wake of the storming to prevent similar incidents from happening during the inauguration. 

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