D.C. public trans­port is­sues cards with no im­age of pres­i­dent-elect

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Ken Shep­herd

There is some­thing cu­ri­ously miss­ing from the 2017 Inau­gu­ra­tion Cel­e­bra­tion SmarTrip fare card that the D.C. Metro un­veiled Wed­nes­day: Don­ald Trump’s im­age.

The pa­tri­otic de­sign for the 2017 Inau­gu­ra­tion Cel­e­bra­tion is a U.S. flag with a draw­ing of the White House in a roundel at the cen­ter of the card.

Metro cus­tom­ar­ily re­leases spe­cialedi­tion fare cards for its sub­way sys­tem around the pres­i­den­tial inau­gu­ra­tion. In 2009 and 2013, the SmarTrip cards bore im­ages of a smil­ing Barack Obama. In 2013, the card had the cap­tion, “Amer­ica makes his­tory again.”

“It’s not of­ten that we do com­mem­o­ra­tive items,” a Metro spokes­woman told CNSNews.com in Jan­uary 2009. “It’s just very spe­cial ma­jor events that we an­tic­i­pate a large public in­ter­est in.”

CNSNews noted at the time that Bill Clin­ton was also hon­ored with his face on a Metro fare card, while Repub­li­can Ge­orge W. Bush never was.

But in an emailed state­ment re­ported Wed­nes­day evening by the Wash­ing­to­nian, the tran­sit agency said that it had sought an ap­proved im­age from the Trump tran­si­tion team but never heard back.

Metro sales of the com­mem­o­ra­tive cards be­gan Wed­nes­day.

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