The catalogue includes mini-puzzles of Metro’s distinct subway map as well as coffee mugs, coasters, lamps, holiday ornaments, tote bags, jewelry — even a set of sterling silver cuff links shaped like D.C. tokens ($190) that you can bet Jack Evans will want to wear. There are books (though not Zachary M. Schrag’s definitive tome “The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro”) and even a toy model of a Silver Line train. The wooden model costs $16.95 — unless, of course, there are overruns. (It’s also empty most of the time.) You can even customize things with logos for your favorite station.
“This is a great opportunity for people to get something unique from Metro, whether you are a visitor looking for a souvenir or an everyday rider,” Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld said in a statement. “At the same time, M Shop represents another potential source of revenue to help support Metrorail and Metrobus operations.”
We looked but could not find his “In Paul We Trust” T-shirt, but no worries, there’s so much more. Kids can even pick up a Metro track worker or Metro Transit Police uniform! Imagine grown-ups’ surprise when they actually see someone in a police uniform on a train! Be careful with that track worker outfit though — the trains don’t always stop for you.
Of course, there were party poopers — those people beaten down from walking up broken escalators or who just won’t let it go that commuting with Metro is a daily crapshoot compared with Uber — who made fun of the new store on Twitter. Some seemed almost angry.
Metro says the M Shop, located near the 12th Street & F Street NW exit at the Metro Center station, will be open Wednesday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beat the crowds — take a cab.