First Retail Sales Begin in Metro after Years of Attempts
(Washington Examiner) — Metro has opened its doors to its first outside business after years of efforts, bringing retail to riders and revenues to the transit agency. Old Town Trolley Tours started selling tickets to its sightseeing tours out of the Smithsonian Metro station on Friday — just in time for the influx of visitors coming to see the region’s blooming cherry trees. doesn’t have ticket booths yet but its hawkers are allowed to sell tickets inside both entrances, unlike the people selling flowers, umbrellas and other knickknacks around the system. It’s the agency’s first foray into adding retail to its stations, but officials say more is on the way. This summer Metro riders will be able to rent DVDs from vending machines at 10 stations.