Metro Rolls Out 100 More SmarTrip Dispensers | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Metro Rolls Out 100 More SmarTrip Dispensers

Play associated audio
Smarttrip cards will be easier to get than ever with the rollout of new dispensers.
Andrew Bossi: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisbossi/4785832026/
Smarttrip cards will be easier to get than ever with the rollout of new dispensers.

After months of waiting, it's now a little easier for Metro commuters to purchase SmarTrip cards.

"We're in the process of rolling out 100 new SmarTrip dispensers so that customers can purchase a SmarTrip card at any Metorrail station," says Metro spokesman Dan Stessel. "And actually, the rollout of those 100 new machines is pretty much complete. We're about a day away from the very last one."

While all stations now have a SmarTrip dispenser, not all of the units are new. Stessel says the new machines are more reliable, user-friendly and accessible to customers with visual impairments.

"There's a second 100 machine batch that's on order and expected to be delivered early next year," says Stessel.

Stessel says the second batch of dispensers will be installed by the middle of next year, replacing units that have been in service for nearly a decade.

SmarTrip cards enable riders to avoid the hefty $1 surchage levied this summer on paper fare cards.

NPR

'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
NPR

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.
WAMU 88.5

Maureen McDonnell Didn't Give Special Treatment To Star Scientific, Witness Testifies

A defense witness in the corruption trail against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, says the former first lady often traveled the state promoting state businesses, countering the notion she gave special treatment to the company at the heart of the corruption trial.
NPR

The Momentum Of The Ice Bucket Challenge — And What It Means For ALS

A recent fundraising challenge has gone viral on social media, calling attention to research into Lou Gehrig's disease. Forbes contributor Dan Diamond discusses the state of that research.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.