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Metro to lower price of SmarTrip card to $2 in October

11:15 AM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Officials say Metro will reduce the price of new SmarTrip cards to $2 beginning October 1.

SmarTrip cards currently cost $5 with a $3 rebate when riders register the card online. Cards purchased at Metrorail stations cost $10, $5 for the card and $5 in fare value.

In October, riders will be able to purchase a SmarTrip card for $2 at any Metro Sales Office or commuter store. The rebate program will be discontinued. 

At station dispensers, $10 will buy a card preloaded with $8 in fare value.

"The new lower price makes the cost of buying a SmarTrip card equivalent to the $2 surcharge paid by anyone who takes a roundtrip using a paper farecard," General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles said.  

"We are transitioning away from paper farecards as we prepare to introduce a new fare system, and I would encourage everyone to make the switch to the faster, more convenient and environmentally friendly SmarTrip card."


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