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For Cards Missing Trump, DC Metro Making Sleeves With His Picture

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    Metro has started selling a commemorative SmarTrip card for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

    Washington, D.C.'s transit agency will offer subway card sleeves with the president-elect's picture for the inauguration, Metro announced Thursday, a day after revealing that Donald Trump's face won't be on the cards themselves.

    Metro already started selling one-day passes without Trump's picture. Metro initially said it asked Trump's campaign for a picture to use on the cards but didn't receive a response.

    The cards are designed before the election. They contain graphics of the White House and the American flag to commemorate the 58th presidential inauguration.

    Presidential Inaugural Committee Director of Communications Boris Epshteyn tweeted Thursday the team is working closely with Metro to design the sleeve. He said they would be similar to sleeves designed for the pope's visit to D.C. last year.

    The Trump organization contacted Metro Thursday about the picture missing from the card and asked if anything could be done, Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans said.

    “We're going to put the picture on the sleeve, and so every sleeve that has the card will have the picture,” Evans said.

    Metro may try to print actual cards with Trump’s picture, Evans said, but there's not much time to do that.

    The passes cost $10 and are good for unlimited rides on Inauguration Day, which is Jan. 20.

    Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the inauguration. Metro will open at 4 a.m., an hour earlier than usual, and extra trains will run throughout the day.

    Metro is urging people to buy the passes in advance to avoid the possibility of long lines at station vending machines.

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    Riders can put more money on the cards and keep using them after the inauguration.

    Metro riders can buy the inaugural cards online at wmata.com/inauguration.