Metro is dropping the price of its SmarTrip card from $5 to $2.
Starting October 1, the cost of new SmarTrip cards will drop from $5 to $2. Once the price drops though, riders will not be able to exit Metro with a negative SmarTrip balance of less than $1.50 to exit the station. Riders will have to add more value to their card using ExitFare machines.
But those machines only accept cash and coins. So Metro is asking riders to sign up for auto reload, which will automatically fill riders SmarTrip cards by charging their credit card whenever their balance drops below $10.
The cheaper SmarTrip cards will still cost $10 at CVS, but come with $8 in Metro fare. Riders will also be able to purchase empty cards for $2 at some Giant and Safeway stores, as well as Metro Sales offices and Commuter stores.