SmarTrip customers are now able to get a $3 rebate for a new card purchase when they register the card online. The cards still cost $5, but a $3 credit will be refunded to the card five days after its first use. SmarTrip online registration protects a rider’s balance if the card is lost or stolen and allows customers to add value to the card via the web.
Also effective last September 1st, riders need a minimum of $1.20 on their SmarTrip card to enter the Metrorail system. For riders using a SmarTrip card designated for senior/disabled, the minimum will be 35 cents. This makes SmarTrip consistent with paper fare cards.
Riders are encouraged to take advantage of the plastic, rechargeable fare card that offers lower fares. For example, bus riders save 20-cents a ride, get free bus-to-bus transfers, and a 50-cent discount if transferring to rail. This fall, Metro added SmarTrip card vending machines at all Metrorail stations.
For more transit fare information or to purchase a SmarTrip card, go to Metro’s website at wmata.com.