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Transit tickets sure were pretty in 1937

Cool transit find of the week: This Capital Transit Company ticket from exactly 76 years ago, featuring robins and cherry blossoms.

For those keeping score at home, in 1937 it cost $1.25 for a week's worth of unlimited streetcar and bus rides. Adjusted for inflation, that's about $20. For comparison, WMATA weekly passes today go for $16 for a bus-only pass, and a little under $60 for a rail pass.


1937 Capital Transit ticket. Photo by u/stampepk on reddit.

Cross-posted at BeyondDC.

Dan Malouff is a professional transportation planner for the Arlington County Department of Transportation. He has a degree in Urban Planning from the University of Colorado, and lives a car-free lifestyle in Northwest Washington. His posts are his own opinions and do not represent the views of his employer in any way. He runs the blog BeyondDC and also contributes to the Washington Post Local Opinions blog. 

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Been seeing these on ebay a lot for years, and I'm always astounded by how nice they always look, even in wartime years. I can't really say that I've ever seen a design repeated either!

by Adam P. on Mar 26, 2013 3:01 pm • linkreport

On further searching:

http://glenecho-cabinjohn.com/GN-02.html

Totally AWESOME link with a full gallery spanning over 25 years!

by Adam P. on Mar 26, 2013 3:04 pm • linkreport

That's weird, in later years (1950s) these changed from weekly passes (allowing unlimited rides for a fixed pass price) to allowing people to ride for only a dime, essentially a discount program -- was the fare 20c at the time?

So they still required people to pay a fare for each trip (discourages riding) and required people to pay (slows down vehicles by requiring transactions), and required printing and distributing passes.

by Michael Perkins on Mar 26, 2013 3:41 pm • linkreport

Cool. Any pictures of the streetcars themselves?

by Chris S. on Mar 26, 2013 5:46 pm • linkreport

You can find plenty of these passes on eBay. I was impressed with the variety and art.

by kob on Mar 26, 2013 9:33 pm • linkreport

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