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6% of District Metro Riders are Gonna be Psyched

by Prince Of Petworth January 6, 2017 at 4:26 pm 66 Comments



“The 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) and Metro today announced a special SmarTrip® sleeve to commemorate the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the nation’s 45th president. The commemorative sleeves will be distributed at selected Metro stations, free of charge, on the morning of Inauguration Day.

In addition, the PIC and Metro are encouraging those planning to attend the Inauguration to purchase their Metro Inaugural SmarTrip cards online in advance to avoid long lines on January 20. The sleeve design features an image of the President Elect provided by the PIC and includes its inaugural theme, “Make America Great Again.”

“The Presidential Inaugural Committee has worked closely with Metro on a commemorative sleeve honoring President-elect Trump’s inauguration. The sleeve will be distributed free of charge on Inauguration Day, January 20th,” said PIC Communications Director Boris Epshteyn. “Americans from every corner of this country will be coming to Washington, D.C. for inaugural events, and we encourage everyone attending to take advantage of the discounted price of the Metro one-day pass and purchase their inaugural SmarTrip card in the next week to avoid the expected wait times.”

Metro and the PIC are encouraging everyone planning to take Metro to the Inauguration to purchase a SmarTrip card in advance before the cutoff date of January 13. Each rider age 5 or older needs his or her own SmarTrip card to enter and exit the Metrorail system. The Commemorative Inaugural Card – available at wmata.com for a discounted price of $10 – allows for unlimited travel on Metrorail or Metrobus on January 20, 2017.

“Our goal is to get as many Inauguration fare cards into circulation as possible so our visitors can skip the lines and head right for the train or bus,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “We encourage everyone coming to the Inauguration to purchase their SmarTrip card online.”

Group organizers interested in purchasing 25 or more cards may call Metro’s bulk sales office (202) 962-5700 for assistance.

There is no track work planned during Inauguration week, from January 14 through 21, to allow Metro to offer extra service to Inauguration events. On January 20, Metrorail will open early at 4:00 a.m. with near rush-hour service on all lines until 9 p.m.

Metro will produce 50,000 of the commemorative sleeves and distribute them to Inauguration attendees on the morning of January 20 at the following popular boarding stations:

New Carrollton
Franconia – Springfield
Shady Grove
Largo Town Center
Branch Avenue
Wiehle-Reston East
Pentagon City

In addition, sleeves will be available from Station Managers at Union Station, Metro Center and Gallery Place.

The sleeves will be distributed free of charge, one to a customer, while supplies last on the morning of January 20. Any remaining commemorative sleeves will be available after January 20 at Metro’s sales office, located at 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC. Metro will advise the public of any remaining supply via social media.”

  • That Man A

    LMAOOOO @ the 6%
    i appreciated that just now lol

  • anon

    Seems about right. Donald wraps himself in the flag and then goes for your wallet.

  • DC_tenner

    Yes! I always wanted a protective sleeve for my Obama MetroCard.

  • Hma


  • k

    I heard they offered to put his face on the actual card, but his people never responded. Kind of funny that now that they’ve caught up they came up with this weird sleeve idea.


  • Woodridge Res

    I have a hunch that that 6% of DC residents do not utilize public transportation.

    • lP


  • CBGal

    6 percent seems generous! I think Trump got 4.1% of the vote in DC

    • Ward One Resident

      Exactly. The other 2 percent went to Stein/Johnson/undervote/overvote. Trumpet only got 4 percent.

  • smrtcar

    Put it in your pocket and sit on it.

  • bruno

    My stats say Trump took 4.1% of the DC vote.
    Adding Stein and Johnson gives you 7.1% who did not vote for Clinton.

  • enough_is_enough

    Why so much hate……..

    • B

      I hope this is tongue in cheek. Otherwise, my response is there’s no point in responding to someone so willfully blind. I hope my first reaction was the right one.

  • IDontGetIt

    Are they still being warned to stay away from the Green Line?

    • Shawn_USt

      and the Red Line and Blue Line and Yellow Line and Silver Line and Orange Line (and Purple Line – obviously)…

  • KPS

    This is tiring. The vitriol, animosity, and hatefulness. Day after day. He’s the democratically elected president. We don’t always a get what we want in life. Enough already.

    • Heath

      He’s the Russian elected president.

    • Anon

      Thank you. This is a democracy, after all. Win some, lose some.
      And a lot of Americans coming to town for the inauguration — no, not the protesters — will appreciate this momento.

    • Blithe

      A lot of things are tiring. The vitriol, animosity, and hatefulness, day after day, that it must take to, say, question the democratically elected president’s citizenship, and so forth, and so on, must be absolutely exhausting.(Sarcasm obviously intended.) Many of us who have reason to not just dislike Trump’s policies, but to fear their impact are well aware that we don’t always get what we want in life. That’s precisely what’s behind at least some of the fear. Racism, misogyny, worries about having health care are, indeed, exhausting stressors.

      • textdoc


      • Just A Guy

        “Worries about having healthcare” made me laugh. Hey, remember that old chestnut, “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan”? I do.

        • Blithe

          Laughter can be healthy! I hope that works well for you. And, yes, I DO remember that chestnut! I also remember the goal of having a single payer option. And golly gee whiz, I even remember how the goals of what came to be called Obamacare were compromised. It’s side splittingly hilarious that American greatness doesn’t have a better plan to offer despite spending many years and many dollars trying to promote the failure of a program that simply wants more people to have basic healthcare and more healthcare options. Again, a LOT of things are, indeed, tiring.

        • Democratic

          Sorry Obama thought perhaps insurance you’re paying for shouldn’t have garbage coverage that actually just adds to public costs of covering you. It was a stupid “motto” but it should have said, “If you like your plan and what you’re paying for actually gives you adequate coverage, then you can keep it, and if not, well here are a lot of other options on the market for things that do.”

          Amazing the party of personal responsibility continues to pretend this is nationalized healthcare and not just another high regulated PRIVATE marketplace with subsidies for people who can’t afford to participate because Republicans insisted it remain privatized.

          Also, STFU.

      • Thank you for pointing out the hypocrisy. It’s important to remember what many of these gracious “winners” have done and said over the last 8 years.

        • V

          Thank you

        • rowanmae


        • FridayGirl


    • Reality

      3 million more people voted for Hillary, so you’ll hear 3 million more people stand against his incompetence.

    • madmonk28

      You know what’s tiring? The vitriol, animosity and hatefulness of a klan-endoresed president and his supporters. Enough already? We’re just getting started.

  • Facto

    Trump got 33% of the vote in Maryland and 45% of the vote in Virginia. All of these Metrorail stations are in Maryland and Virginia, so I don’t see what the issue is….

    • Duh

      No issue. They are just letting you know Trump got 6% of DC

      • bruno

        Trump got 4.1% of the vote in DC.

    • Democratic

      How much of the bill for the Inauguration do they foot compared to DC?

      • bruno

        Getting back to an earlier post — does DC really give home owners free porch security cameras?

        • textdoc

          D.C. gives rebates to homeowners on exterior cameras that meet the requirements of the program. “Give[s] free porch security cameras” is not an accurate summary of the program.

  • Anonymous

    Lol, I love that it’s a “sleeve” because the transition couldn’t get its act together enough to get an approved Trump photo to WMATA. Pure incompetence, setting the standard for the next 4 years…

    • Sydney

      Ask folks at the various Inaugural Ball venues. They are saying they have never seen such inept, bad planning and execution. Wonder if that stands for anything larger.

  • maxwell smart

    I was going to ask why he looks so angry… but then I realized it’s WMATA… and that’s usually the face I make if I have to use the metro.

  • IDontGetIt

    So…if I bought one I could slap that mug on the card reader every day?

  • Commentator

    With it being free, at least this may be the one thing related to his Presidency that he isn’t able to use to enrich himself and family.

    • Anon

      Interesting comment. Trump made his money in development, business, entertainment. Tell me, how did the Clinton’s get so damn rich?
      I’d rather have a rich businessman-turned-politician than a politician who gets rich from being a politician.

      • jumpingjack

        Trump made his money by inheriting it from his father, and then investing it poorly.

        • FridayGirl


        • Bloomy

          He actually invested it well, and withheld wages.

      • anon

        “I’d rather have a rich businessman-turned-politician than a politician who gets rich from being a politician.”
        HA. Rich businessman? Who? You mean the guy who inherited millions and used it to build an empire of sleezy businesses that are constantly being sued for fraud and stiffing contractors? Or the ones going bankrupt? Or are you talking about the guy who became a game show host and thinks he’s qualified to be leader of the free world.
        I don’t love the Clintons, but I also don’t hold it against them for making millions of dollars in speaking fees because they have something to say that people are willing to pay to hear. I suppose they could have spread their message for free in 140 character rants on Twitter, but some people are better than that.

      • Democratic

        The Clintons made their money by writing books people paid to read and giving speeches people paid to hear. Sounds like they tapped into a product/services market and filled demand there. Sounds like the free market at work to me.

      • Democratic

        Oh, and even better, they paid their f***ing taxes on the money they earned. How about Trump?

  • 6%

    I’m surprised that Trump isn’t mentioned on the card. Obama was prominently featured on the last two. metro’s silent protest against his presidency? I know they blamed his team for not approving the image, but a “limited release” sleeve? Come on!


    • JohnH

      You pointed out the issue. You think they’re going to print something not approved by a man who’s centerpiece of his election so far has been threatening companies if they don’t do what he wants?

    • Reality

      Poor 6%, no one cares. (Actually 4%)

  • Mr. Magoo

    I think with a pair of scissors these plastic sleeves can easily be re-purposed as decorative urinal drains. Thanks Metro!

  • L.

    Christ alive, the totalitarian nightmare has reached our…SmartTrip cards. Trump’s agitprop CHOSE that picture?

  • KK


  • Anonymous

    About a year ago, when I was buying a new smartcard at the Montgomery County transit store, I asked if they had a sleeve, either for free or to buy. I wanted to replace one that I had been using for over 30 years (Metro handed them out and I used them first for farecards, then for the smartcard) that was worn out and held together by tape in places. When I showed the clerk the one I had, it was clear that she had never seen one before. I was told that Metro no longer has sleeves for the smartcards. A little disappointing that now that they have them, it is only available with that portrait on it. Is that really the portrait that they submitted? He looks so angry.

    • Thunder

      Looks like Silver the Angry Bird. Maybe the kid who did the dap picked it out.

    • JohnH

      A Smartrip card is basically a credit card. I’m sure you can find something online.

      • Anonymous

        +1. I would also guess that WMATA, like me, doesn’t see the point of a plastic sleeve to enclose a plastic card.

        • Anonymous

          I guess you aren’t taking your Smartrip card in and out of your purse four times a day. If it is hard on the plastic sleeve, it would probably be even harder on the card without the sleeve. I do see some people carrying their smartrip cards in the hard plastic sleeves that are used with government IDs.

          • FridayGirl

            I take my card in and out of my purse 4+ times a day and I’ve had the same card since summer 2013, without a sleeve. It’s one of the Independence Day ones and is still in great shape. Maybe it’s how you keep it in your bag? I always put mine in the separate back or outside pocket along with my phone.

          • Anonymous

            I keep it in a separate outside pocket, but have been using it (along with the sleeve) since smartrip cards were first introduced. The card is fine, but the sleeve has become quite worn and taped together, although admittedly, the sleeve (handed out by WMATA for use with paper cards) is significantly older than the smartrip card.

          • textdoc

            I’ve seen a lot of very worn-looking SmarTrip cards. I’ve had mine since 2008, and I keep it in a clear plastic sleeve that held my badge in a previous government job.

  • lemeow

    Nice. I want one.

  • Reality

    Shouldn’t it be a Russian flag with Trump’s face? They elected him.

  • Ally

    Not my metro card…

  • timmyp

    My question is how much money did Metro spend on top of these cards to create the additional sleeve? Are we footing the bill for this? I’m sure we’ll at least be paying for the unsold ones. They should have just left it as is since his people didn’t bother get back WMATA. LAZY! ANGRY!

  • Sully

    I think the covers would have worked better in New York since he has to yet to leave his golden toilet at Trump Tower since he won. He could have given them as gifts to everyone who met with him there like his cabinet, Bowser, Kanye. They ALL use public transportation I am sure.


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