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Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009, 07:20 pm
Metro Eliminates Paper Transfers

Full story available from the Wmata.com website.

To encourage SmartTrip use, they've taken away paper tranfers... one glaring problem, so far as I know, the 7-day unlimited rail passes are still on paper, in which case you lose the dollar discount if you then have to take a bus ride.

They could solve this problem by issuing a SmartTrip-like RFID card for the 7-day passes which would then be programmed to only charge you 35 cents when you transferred to a bus... but of course they don't seem to have done that yet.

I contacted Metro and am awaiting a response.


All the DC-ites are anxiously dreading Inauguration Week. Metro is going to completely shut-down like a Hong Kong rushhour. The system just can't handle it, I don't care what they say. Initially, AgtOrange and I were going to NJ for Inauguration to escape the crowd (he has to travel for work) but the blogger meetup is the day after, so I'm staying in town while he gets to run off alone.

Not that New Jersey is the place to be, but at least it won't be here. Part of me is a touch worried about terrorism, both domestic and from foreigners, but most of me is more concerned with asinine drunks and agitated commuters. Plus January 22nd is the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade and, if I can somehow get my training in before that date, I may be called upon to defend the clinic from pro-life fanatics. I hope so, anyway, it would be good experience for a future wannabe bodyguard.

Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Paper Passes

You will no longer get a discount when you transfer to bus if you are using the 7 day pass. At some point this year Metro plans on offering the ability to add passes to SmartTrip cards. Until then you lose the discount. One point you missed, is than in the transition Metro changed the way you get a discount when transferring from rail to bus. You now recieve only a $0.50 cent discount on your bus fare when transferring from rail to bus. However, you now also recieve a $0.50 discount on your rail fare when transferring from bus to rail. That means the discount has increased to $1 from $0.90 roundtrip.

Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
jadxia: Re: Paper Passes

Unless you are like me and tend to walk to the metro. When I used to live farther from the metro, I'd walk the mile to the station and save $1.25 but ride the bus home at $0.35. Now I live only four blocks and walk both ways unless it is pouring rain... and sometimes even then.

I missed the raise to $0.50. That's a bummer. They're saving all this money cutting out paper just to raise the rates somewhere else. Thanks for pointing it out.