New security measures restrict tour buses on Capitol Hill

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Golf carts may become a common sight on Capitol Hill due to new, tighter security restrictions.

Under the new restrictions imposed by the U.S. Capitol Police, tour buses are no longer permitted to drop off visitors on the Capitol Hill Grounds.

To that end, the new policy prohibits tour buses from unloading passengers at the following locations:

  • Independence Avenue (between Washington Avenue, SW and 2nd Street, SE)
  • Constitution Avenue (between Louisiana Avenue, NW and 2nd Street, NE)
  • 1st Street (between D Street, NE and D Street, SE)
  • 1st Street (between Maryland Avenue, and Independence Avenue, SW)
  • 2nd Street (between D Street, NE and D Street, SE)
  • Buses are only permitted to enter the area from routes a few blocks from the Capitol, including 3rd Street and Maryland Avenue, SW and 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.  Similarly, they must exit at 3rd Street and Maryland Avenue, SW; 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; or 1st Street and Louisiana Avenue, NW.

    To aid visitors, such as the elderly, children, the mobility impaired and others who may not be able to walk the extra distance, a fleet of golf carts are being used to shuttle passengers from tour buses to Capitol Hill.

    The Capitol Police said the decision to tighten security around the Capitol, one of the city's top visitor attractions, is a "precautionary move...not predicated on any known threats."

    To contact reporter Michael Milligan, send e-mail to [email protected].

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