CVS agrees to continue selling SmarTrip cards

Metro hopes the use of SmarTrip cards will eliminate the idea that students can simply flash a card to board a train or bus, rather than tap in and out. (WTOP/Jack Moore)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has agreed to save a partnership and continue sales of SmartTrip cards in the Washington region’s 200 CVS stores after previously saying it would stop selling the cards due to challenges with Metro.

Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans tells The Washington Post he met with CVS executives Monday to settle the differences and reached an agreement. CVS also confirmed plans to continue offering the fare card services.

Metro has committed to improving its response time to fix faulty equipment and work with the retailer to make Metro equipment compatible with the CVS system.

Metro has also agreed to replace all the machines available to CVS associates for use of reloading cards and will provide SmarTrip cards with no value to reduce the risk of losses caused by thefts.


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