Beginning October 1, Metro will reduce the price of SmarTrip cards to $2.
Today the cards cost $5, which includes a $3 rebate when the card is registered online. When purchased at a Metrorail station, the dispensers charge $10, $5 for the card and $5 in fare value.
After October 1 the rebate program will be discontinued, and riders can purchase a card for $2 at any Metro Sales Office or commuter store. Metrorail station dispensers and participating CVS stores will continue to charge $10, $2 for the card and $8 in fare value.
“The new lower price makes the cost of buying a SmarTrip card equivalent to the $2 surcharge paid by anyone who takes a roundtrip using a paper farecard,” Richard Sarles General Manager and CEO said. “We are transitioning away from paper farecards as we prepare to introduce a new fare system, and I would encourage everyone to make the switch to the faster, more convenient and environmentally friendly SmarTrip card.”