WMATA SmarTrip card inauguration 2017

Agencies gear up for inauguration travelers

The transportation operators in and around the nation’s capital are getting ready for a crush of travelers on January 20 for the presidential inauguration.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (DC) has issued a commemorative SmartTrip card for 2017 Inauguration Day.  But one thing is missing — any mention of President-elect Donald Trump.  The card shows an American flag, a picture of the White House, the date of the event, and the words “58th Presidential Inauguration Celebration.”

Asked about the Trump-less cards, Metro said they not receive permission to use the president-elect’s image.  “Metro requested permission to use a photo, but received no response from the campaign,” a statement from the agency read. “Due to the long lead time to produce the cards, the new pass commemorates the national celebration of the 58th Presidential Inauguration.”

Instead, WMATA is said to be working with the Presidential Inauguration Committee to design a special sleeve for the cards. Metro used this approach when Pope Francis came to town.

Metro has a mixed tradition with commemorative passes. As WTOP reports, the SmarTrip cards designed for Barack Obama’s inaugurations featured a photo, but the fare cards for George W. Bush did not include his image.  When Bill Clinton took office, the special Metro farecards displayed his signature.

The commemorative cards can be purchased online from WMATA. Customers seeking Inauguration Day service information and alerts can text POTUS to 90360.

The Maryland Transit Administration is issuing commemorative tickets good for round trip MARC rail travel to and from Washington’s Union Station on Inauguration Day.

Amtrak is beefing up service in the Northeast Corridor for the inauguration and has set up a special web page with service information.

Image source: WMATA

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