About All That Traffic/Security by the Convention Center – AIPAC Conference


@rosemariochoa tweeted us earlier this morning:

“Helicopters, ambulance, police, road blocks. What’s going on in #MountVernonSquare?”

From Events DC:

“The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will host the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Saturday, February 28 through Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Attendance is estimated at 17,000.

AIPAC daily activity hours will be 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. with the exception of Tuesday, March 3 when the event concludes at 2:00 p.m.

Shuttle operations will take place outside of the Convention Center as follows:

§ L Street NW –Between 7th and 9th streets (north and south sides); and
§ M Street NW – Between 7th and 9th streets (south side)

Restricted Parking
Sunday, March 1 @ 6AM – Tuesday, March 3 @ 6PM

AIPAC has received a permit from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to bag the metered spaces outside of the Convention Center on the west side of the 1100 block of 7th Street NW (between L and M streets). Restricted parking hours in this location are from 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 1 through 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

L Street Sidewalk Closures / No Pedestrian Access

Saturday, February 28 @ 7AM – Tuesday, March 3 @ 3PM

AIPAC has also received a permit from DDOT to temporarily close the sidewalks outside of the Convention Center on L Street NW between 7th and 9th streets (north and south sides). The temporary closure will be in effect from 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28 through 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 3 with no pedestrian access during this period. There may be additional parking restrictions and intermittent road closures without advance notice for security reasons.

You may anticipate an increase in WMATA ridership (especially at the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center station), high demand for taxis and much greater than usual pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

The taxi stand on Mount Vernon Place will be staffed by Events DC transportation staff and officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

The appropriate District agencies have been notified for additional traffic monitoring and enforcement of parking regulations in the area surrounding the Convention Center.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding. Please join us in welcoming the AIPAC to our community.”

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  • They closed down some of the streets by the Willard as well. Jersey barricades going up btw 14 and 15th on Saturday. Assume that is where Netenyahu is staying.

  • Every year. And it wouldn’t piss me off so much if it weren’t Bibi. Married to and friends with many Israelis. No one can stand him. grumble grumble.

    • I agree. Instead of working constructively toward peace, they’re digging themselves into a hole.

  • I drove by on 9th Street this morning around 7am and they were already heading into the convention center. It was weird – each group of 20 to 30 people was led by an escort down the sidewalks (I assume they were being walked from their hotels?). Tons of cops stationed on every corner. I hope AIPAC is paying for all this OT.

    • Of course we are paying for it. I bet each and every cop on the beat is getting overtime.

      • DC cops provide public safety for many, many events (march for life is a good example), so to some extent part of it comes with being in DC and being a cop in DC. I’m sure some people here are going to pissed they’re “protecting Israeli/Jewish interests” while people noting the DC cops at the march for life will be annoyed their providing security for anti-abortion kids. So many events here, good and bad.

        • Good points. These events do generate a butt-ton of revenue for the city. However, this event uses up a much higher proportionate share of police resources than your typical Right for Life march. I’d say a fair compromise is to look at the average spent on policing resources and then charge them for anything above the average. That seems fair.

          • There is also a head of state in attendance, so this is probably more in line with a summit, WTO type meeting. Plus, given all the surrounding events, receptions, fundraisers, etc and the sheer number of people, this is probably a net gain for the city. This isn’t a protest where people bus in and leave the next day

          • tonyr

            He’s the head of government, not the head of state. I know that this sounds like pointing out typos, but there is a difference. Unless you’re talking about Obama, in which case I withdraw the remark.

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