Monday, January 14, 2013

Heading to the Inauguration Monday? Get Your SmarTrip Card Today!

Metro has sold its 20,000th Commemorative SmarTrip card for this year's Presidential Inauguration, and according to the transit agency, the pace of sales is intensifying.

At Metro sales offices, the pace of sales has more than doubled over the past week, from an average of about 150 per day at Metro Center to more than 400 per day this week.

"The demand for Inaugural SmarTrip cards has steadily increased as we approach Inauguration Day," said Lynn Bowersox, Metro Assistant General Manager for Customer Service, Communications and Marketing. "Besides being an excellent way to avoid lines at ticket machines on Inauguration Day, the cards are a wonderful keepsake of this historic day."

The Commemorative Inaugural SmarTrip features an image of President Obama and comes preloaded with a one-day pass that allows for unlimited Metrorail trips on the day it is used. As an added bonus, the card can be used as a "flash pass" for unlimited Metrobus travel on Inauguration Day.

Metro is encouraging residents in the region to purchase the Commemorative Card for their out-of-town visitors who plan to attend Inauguraiton festivities. After the one-day pass is used, the Commemorative cards used reloaded and used like any other SmarTrip.

The cards are available online at, at Metro Sales Offices or regional transit stores. Customers ordering online should do so before tomorrow, Tuesday, January 15, to ensure delivery by Inauguration Day.

If you a Loudoun County Traffic reader and are planning to attend the inauguration, be sure to get your  SmarTrip card. And be sure to read last week's post about Loudoun County Transit's inauguration day bus service.

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