Metro still selling 2013 inauguration SmarTrip cards

January 25, 2013

Do you already miss the presidential inauguration, an event that birthed the Beyonce lip-syncing controversy and gave us Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s hat?

If so, Metro has some SmarTrip cards for you.

The transit agency still has about 7,000 of the 100,000 commemorative SmarTrip cards ordered for this year’s inauguration. The cards, which cost $15, can be used for unlimited Metrorail travel on the day they are first used.

Metro reported on the Sunday before inauguration that it had nearly sold out of the cards at Metro Center. According to the transit agency, they sold out of cards that were set aside at stations and held back a certain number of cards for online orders. But now all pending online orders have been dealt with, leaving about 7,000 cards for anyone who still wants one.

The 7,000 number pales in comparison to what still remains from the previous inauguration. Metro ordered 200,000 cards for the event in 2009. There were about 80,000 left after that, and between 20,000 and 30,000 of those cards still remain.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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