Donald Trump to Get Papal Treatment Barack Obama Never Got from D.C. Public Transit for Inauguration

Pope Francis Metro Card
During his inauguration, President-elect Donald J. Trump will get the same treatment from the Washington, D.C., public transit system as Pope Francis did when he visited the U.S. capital—a feature above and beyond what outgoing President Barack Obama ever received at his two inaugurations. The District of Columbia’s public transit system—a network of subway and rail lines, along with busses—is colloquially called “The Metro.” Riders use a “Metro Card” pre-loaded with cash to pay fares when getting onto and off of trains and busses. Occasionally the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)—which runs the system—makes up special metro cards for the holidays, important events — and, of course, the inauguration. Back in 2009 and in 2013, when the outgoing President Obama was inaugurated after his initial election and his reelection, WMATA made special metro cards with his image on them. This year, according to local media outlet WTOP, the incoming President Trump won’t have his face on the special cards. WTOP’s Jack Moore wrote on Wednesday: Metro is now selling special-edition versions of its SmarTrip payment cards to commemorate the upcoming presidential inauguration. The cards, which sell for $10 and provide unlimited Metro access the day of the inauguration, feature an image of