Metro Changes Bus Passes

By Sharon Donnell
|  Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010  |  Updated 1:06 PM EDT
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Metro Changes Bus Passes

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For the first time ever, Metro will offer weekly bus passes on SmarTrip cards. Bus riders will be able to load the Seven-Day Bus Pass directly onto their SmarTrip cards. The new program begins Sunday October 17.  
 
Bus passes on SmarTrip are valid for seven consecutive days of unlimited travel on regular Metrobus and regional bus routes, including ART, DASH, DC Circulator, CUE, Fairfax Connector, Ride On and TheBus.
 
Unlike paper bus passes that are valid from Sunday through Saturday, the Seven-Day Bus Pass on SmarTrip allows for added flexibility because it is activated the first day a customer uses the pass and then valid for seven consecutive days.

As an added convenience, customers may load two bus passes at a time onto their SmarTrip card, Metro officials said. Once the first pass expires, the second pass is activated.

The cost of the Seven-Day Bus Pass on SmarTrip is $15 for the regular bus pass and $7.50 for the senior/disabled bus pass -- the same cost as the paper bus passes. Customers will not be able to load bus passes onto SmarTrip cards that have a negative balance, Metro officials said.

Paper bus passes will continue to be sold through the end of December. The last available paper bus pass expires Saturday, January 1, 2011.

Customers may add the Seven-Day Bus Pass to their SmarTrip card at any Metro sales office, regional transit store or at select retail outlets. For a complete list of locations, visit the website or call 202-637-7000.

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