Metro Drops Price Of SmarTrip Cards | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Metro Drops Price Of SmarTrip Cards

Play associated audio
SmarTrip cards will get cheaper as of Oct. 1.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/2514037043/
SmarTrip cards will get cheaper as of Oct. 1.

It's going to be cheaper to become a frequent Metro rider in the near future. Metro is reducing the price of its rechargeable SmarTrip fare cards to $2 beginning October 1.

The cards currently cost $5 each, though Metro offers a $3 rebate when the cards are registered online.

But beginning Oct. 1, Metro is discontinuing that rebate program. Riders will be able to purchase SmarTrip cards for $2 at Metro sales offices or commuter stores. At Metro stations and some CVS stores, dispensers will sell SmarTrip cards for $10, which will include $8 in fare value.

General Manager Richard Sarles says Metro is transitioning away from paper fare cards and wants to encourage everyone to switch to the plastic SmarTrip cards.

NPR

Fresh Air Weekend: Toni Morrison, Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction, Will Forte

Nobel laureate Morrison reflects on her life and her regrets; Maureen Corrigan reviews a reissue of four of Macdonald's 1950s novels; SNL alum Forte discusses comedy and Bruce Dern's acting advice.
NPR

PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

The company says Diet Pepsi consumers are concerned about aspartame. But the Food and Drug Administration has long affirmed that the sweetener is safe in amounts commonly used by beverage companies.
NPR

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was officially sworn in this week. His confirmation was held up for more than a year because of comments he made about gun violence. Murthy talks with NPR's Scott Simon.
NPR

As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

Leave a Comment

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