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Metro to Lower Cost of SmarTrip Cards

WI Web Staff | 9/19/2013, 11:58 a.m.
Metro is lowering the price of SmarTrip cards by $3, the transit agency announced Thursday. However, the decrease comes at ...
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Metro is lowering the price of SmarTrip cards by $3, the transit agency announced Thursday.

However, the decrease comes at a price for consumers: riders will no longer be able to exit train stations with a negative balance of $1.50 or more.

On Oct. 1, the cost of a new card — currently $5 — will now be $2, and preloaded $10 cards purchased at Metrorail station vending machines or CVS stores will now come with $8 in value, rather than its current $5.

To offset the lower price, cards with a negative balance of $1.50 or more will not be valid for exiting stations. Riders will be directed to the Exitfare machines inside the station to add more value to insufficient cards. The machines do not accept credit cards and will only take $1, $5 and $10 bills.