Metro just released the first image of 2017’s Inauguration Day SmarTrip card, and there’s one noteworthy omission: any mention of President-elect Donald Trump.
There’s a billowing American flag. A picture of the White House. The date of the event. And the words “58th PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION CELEBRATION.”
But there’s no Trump. That’s a change from the past two Inauguration Days, when President Obama’s smiling face beamed from the front of the cards. And in 2013, the commemorative card read, “America Makes History Again.”
In a statement Wednesday, Metro said there’s a simple reason that Trump’s grin is not similarly featured on the 2017 card: Metro didn’t have permission.
“Metro requested permission to use a photo, but received no response from the campaign,” the statement said. “Due to the long lead time to produce the cards, the new pass commemorates the national celebration of the 58th Presidential Inauguration.”
The commemorative SmarTrip cards are sold ahead of Inauguration Day at a significant discount to encourage people to use public transportation and to cut down on long lines at station vending machines in the wee hours of Jan. 20.
The cards cost $10 — 31 percent less than the usual price of a one-day Metro pass — and they are available online at wmata.com/inauguration. With the card, riders have unlimited access to Metro trains and buses on Jan. 20.
Metro is scheduled to open at 4 a.m. on the day of the inauguration and is expected to have rush-hour levels of service throughout the day. There is no SafeTrack maintenance work scheduled for that week.
Correction: The Inauguration Day discount for a one-day pass is 31 percent off the normal price, not 40 percent.