Ride Smart with SmarTrip®

      Do you ride the rail or bus? If not, now's the time to start! We encourage you to try transit this winter. Whether you're a rookie or a vet to public transit, we want to make sure you're familiar with all the perks that having a SmarTrip® card provides you with as a local transit rider. A SmarTrip® card is a durable, plastic, rechargeable farecard used to pay Metrorail and local bus system fares... and it's pretty "smart" because it keeps track of the value on the card!

      What are the perks of a SmarTrip® card?

      • Savings. Take advantage of free transfers between Metrobus with unlimited connections (including round trips) within a two-hour period. In addition, SmarTrip® card users get a 50¢ discount when transferring from Metrobus to Metrorail or vice versa within a two-hour period. Word to the wise: owning a SmarTrip® card is an important step in signing up for SmartBenefits®, a program your employer can join to provide employees with discounted or employer-paid transit benefits. 
      • Convenience. You can pay fares for several transit systems, registered van pools, and parking at Metro facilities with just one card -- think of it as your one-stop shop! Nearly all of the area transit providers accept SmarTrip® cards including: DASH, Ride On, Fairfax Connector, ART, CUE, Loudoun County Transit, Omniride, TheBus, DC Circulator,* Maryland Transit Administration Local Bus, Light Rail, and Metro Subway. You may add up to $300 in stored value on a SmarTrip® card, or better yet set it up for auto reload so you have one less thing to worry about during your day. *DC Circulator is now FREE indefinitely.
      • Security. You can register your SmarTrip® card to protect its balance. So, if your card is ever lost, stolen, or damaged, WMATA can transfer your card balance to a new SmarTrip® card.

      How do I buy a SmarTrip® card?
      It's easy to buy a SmarTrip® card, especially online! That means no waiting in line at fare vending machines at Metrorail stations during these chilly winter weeks. Just visit the SmarTrip® store and make your purchase with any major debit or credit card. You can also purchase SmarTrip® cards by mail or at select CVS/pharmacy and Giant Food stores in the region that display the SmarTrip® sign, Metro Sales Offices, SmarTrip® dispensers at Metrorail stations, and regional transit stores. See all sales locations.

      What are you waiting for? Purchase your SmarTrip® card today so you can ride smart!




      WRITTEN BY: goDCgo

      goDCgo is an initiative of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) that encourages the use of sustainable transportation. We provide complimentary transit resources and consulting services to DC organizations and commuters. Our goal serves to decrease traffic congestion, improve air quality and create a better quality of life in the DC area.

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