Metro gifts — anybody buying?

Like other major transit systems, WMATA sells a line of merchandise. The online store includes, maps, mugs, trinkets, and the “Metro at 25” coffee table book, among other things. Also available are black t-shirts from a few stations; Archives – Navy Memorial, College Park – U of MD, Metro Center, Pentagon, Shaw – Howard U, Smithsonian, Union Station. Customizable t-shirts, mugs, and mousepads are available for all stations, but the t-shirts are white instead of solid black.

While NYC Subway t-shirts have their fans (I have seen people wearing them in at least three cities not named New York), I have yet to see anyone with a Metro one. I wonder why this is — lack of history/cachet of WMATA? Nobody knows that you can buy an Medical Center t-shirt? No stands in stations (a la Boston’s T) or elsewhere, like museum gift shops? You can’t get the coveted Medical Center t-shirt in black?

Would get your neighborhood’s Metro station t-shirt?

8 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 12:52 pm

    And devling more into it… white shirts are $18.95 but the much cooler black shirts are $16. Cuff links are cool though.

  2. WFY (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 12:55 pm

    I filled out the Contact Us form for the store inquiring about why the cooler black t-shirts were only available for a few stations and all I got back was a “thank you for your input, we are looking at making changes, blah, blah, blah.”

  3. Christian (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 3:23 pm

    The DC Metro’s not a destination. It’s way smaller than the NY subway or London Tube, both of which have very successful merchandise (“Mind the Gap”!). I’ve never seen a Metro T-Shirt selling alongside “Future President” or “Witness Protection Agency – You Don’t Know Me” from downtown souvenir vendors, either.

    I think they’d have a little more cache if we could replicate “Mind the Gap” somehow. What’s our slogan? “Hey, is that your bag?”

  4. Stacey (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 3:32 pm

    Our slogan is the “ding dong – doors closing, please stand clear of the doors.” But how do you recreate the “ding dong” (the best part of it) on a t-shirt?

  5. wayan (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 4:23 pm

    Well I actually like the black Metro Center shirt – retro and insider (who else has one?) but I can’t justify the cost, not when Threadless has The Flat House for $10 or Mozilla has the Black Greyscale Firefox for $14

  6. Jon (unregistered) on November 29th, 2005 @ 9:21 am

    I would like a shirt with Vienna on the front and Farragut West on the back to signify my trip everyday.

  7. wayan (unregistered) on November 29th, 2005 @ 5:50 pm

    Re-thinking about buying a shirt, but Metro doesn;t make it easy. $7.95 for shipping!! You have to be kidding me!

    I’m gonna head down to Metro Center instead & see if they have the shirts there.

  8. Greg (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2005 @ 10:28 pm

    I’d love to have some t-shirts for the stations that I frequent, as well as the neighborhood where I work in. I think that they are unique, and pretty damn cool.

    I’m just not that impressed with the white t-shirts that are available for all stations, and none of the black shirts (which I think look damn good) are of the stations that I want.

    Come on Metro!

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