WMATA switches to SmarTrip cards

05-wmataThe Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) accepts only SmarTrip cards at the Washington rapid transit system Metrorail faregates starting with 6 March. Metrorail faregates will no longer accept paper farecards, a key milestone in the phase-out plan of the paper tickets.
Customers with paper farecards may transfer the value to a SmarTrip card by using the brown vending machines at Metrorail stations or at any Metro sales office until 30 June.
Since December 2015, Metro’s 450 blue fare vending machines have been dispensing SmarTrip cards rather than paper farecards, and today, paper farecards account for less than 0.5 percent of all Metrorail transactions.


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