Friday, July 30, 2010
Beginning August 29, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) will drop the price of its SmarTrip card from $5 to $2.50 as a further incentive to encourage more people to use it. Passengers already pay more to use cash on buses and on August 1, Metrorail passengers will start paying a 25 cent premium for using paper fare cares.
SmarTrip cards are a great convenience, because they can be used on all regional transit services, including Montgomery County’s Ride On buses. Loading value onto the reusable, rechargeable fare card, resembling a credit card, is simple and can be done at any Metrorail station or on any bus. Purchase SmarTrip cards at Metro sales offices, retail outlets and commuter stores or through vending machines at all Metrorail stations where parking is available.