Bus trip to inauguration plannedWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
A Toledo man is organizing a bus trip to President Barack Obama’s January inauguration in Washington, D.C.
“This is my third trip going down to D.C.,” said Huggins, a laid-off North Toledo steel worker. “I just want to get word out to the individuals who maybe don’t have transportation who want to be part of that history and ride down to Washington with me and represent the city of Toledo.”
Huggins also organized bus trips to the capital for Obama’s first inauguration in January 2009 and for the Martin Luther King Jr. monument dedication ceremony in October 2011.
Fifty-four people went on the trip to the 2009 inauguration and 35 people attended the MLK Jr. monument dedication.
Huggins, who was also laid off during the 2009 inauguration, said he’s been getting a lot of interest in the trip so he reserved four charter buses.
The buses will leave Toledo from Home Depot, 3200 Secor Road, at 9 p.m. Jan. 20 and arrive in Washington, D.C., at 7 a.m. Jan. 21. After the inauguration ceremony, people will be able to sightsee until the buses leave at 5 p.m. Jan. 21.
Two of the buses will be “turnaround buses,” scheduled to be back in Toledo early morning Jan. 22, and two have the option of stopping overnight at a Motel 6, returning later in the day Jan. 22. The reserved motels are in Washington, D.C., and Springfield, Va.
Cost for the “turnaround” bus is $135 per person and cost for the bus that stops is $385.
Those who want to stay overnight need to purchase tickets by Dec. 18. Tickets for the “turnaround” buses will be accepted until the second week in January, Huggins said.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.washingtonbustrip.com or by calling Huggins at (419) 932-5460.
“I’m just trying to do something positive for the city of Toledo and represent the city of Toledo for a third time,” Huggins said.