DC Metro Working With Trump Team to Design Card Covers Featuring President-Elect
UPDATE: One day after the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority started selling inauguration-themed fare cards that don’t feature President-elect Donald Trump, the D.C. transit agency confirmed it’s designing special sleeves featuring Trump for fare cards.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Thursday it’s “working closely” with Metro to design a sleeve for the inauguration-edition cards.
Boris Epshteyn, director of communications for the committee, tweeted that they are using sleeves that were produced for Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to D.C. as a template.
— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) December 22, 2016
Discounted DC Metro cards are a presidential inauguration day tradition.
However, this year's card will be missing quite the important detail: a photo of the new president!
Metro released the first image of the 2017 Inauguration Day SmarTrip card, which includes images of the American flag and the White House but no picture of President-elect Donald Trump.
The past two inauguration SmarTrip cards included images of President Barack Obama.
In a statement Wednesday, Metro said they needed permission from the Trump campaign to use a photo and never received it.
"Metro requested permission to use a photo, but received no response from the campaign. Due to the long lead time to produce the cards, the new pass commemorates the national celebration of the 58th Presidential Inauguration."
The inauguration cards cost $10 -- 40 percent less than a regular one-day Metro pass -- and give riders unlimited access to Metro trains and buses on Jan. 20.