Metro’s Commemorative Obama SmarTrip Cards Sold Out

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Fred Thomas of Washington, D.C, shows off his Barack Obama SmarTrip card from 2009.  (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Fred Thomas of Washington, D.C, shows off his Barack Obama SmarTrip card from 2009. (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — People looking to purchase a special SmarTrip card with the president’s face on it this weekend are out of luck.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced just after noon Sunday that it had sold all of the 100,000 cards commemorating President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

The cards, which were sold for $15, came preloaded with a day pass and also can be used as a “flash pass” when boarding MetroBus. They went on sale Saturday at nine Metro stations throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District.

Metro announced that more than 7,000 cards were sold on Saturday and they expected sales to pick up as more people came to the District to celebrate the start of Obama’s second term.

Commermorative paper fare cards are still available for $14 but those can’t be used on MetroBus.

Transit authority officials urge people traveling on Metro for Monday’s festivities to use the SmarTrip card instead of the slower and more expensive paper fare cards.

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