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Sarles sent a hand-written congratulations note and a $100 SmarTrip card.
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Sarles sent a hand-written congratulations note and a $100 SmarTrip card.

A woman who gave birth to a baby boy on a Metro platform in downtown D.C. is getting a surprise baby gift—a free ride of sorts.

On Thursday Metro General Manager Richard Sarles sent a handwritten congratulatory note to Shavonnte Taylor, who gave birth to a baby boy on the platform of the L'Enfant station that morning. The note was accompanied by a $100 SmarTrip card.

Metro officials say she went into labor aboard a Green Line train bound for Greenbelt. An off-duty emergency medical tech helped her off the train and delivered the baby.

Taylor and her son, Amir, were taken to a hospital in good health.

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