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