WASHINGTON – SmarTrip cards will go down in price to $2 in October.
“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,” said Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles, in a Metro news release.
“We are transitioning away from paper farecards as we prepare to introduce a new fare system,” he said.
Currently, SmarTrip cards cost $5, but riders who register the cards online get a $3 discount. Metro will discontinue the rebate program Oct. 1 when the $2 price change takes effect,
When the change takes effect, Metro riders can buy the $2 cards at any Metro sales office or commuter store.
At Metrorail stations and participating CVS stores, the card in October will cost $10 but will come with $8 in fare value loaded on it.
Now, cards bought at station dispensers cost $10 and come preloaded with $5 in fare values.
Sarles said Metro later this year will award a contract for a new fare payment system that – in addition to SmarTrip – will let riders pay for trips using their mobile phones or by credit card or debit card at the fare gate.