>Smartrip will be available at CVS

>It might be a transit geek’s favorite stocking stuffer, and this year it will be available at CVS just in time for Christmas. According to this press release, CVS will start selling the Smartrip rechargeable farecard starting December 23 at 190 stores in DC, Maryland and Virginia. I don’t see any specific locations now, but once the cards go on sale, you can find a CVS location near you which sells the card using this search tool. CVS stores that sell the card will display a "Smartrip Sold Here" decal on the front door. The cards are available for $10, which includes $5 in pre-loaded value. Starting January 4, the Smartrip card will be the only way to get a discounted transfer between rail and bus, or a free transfer between buses. Additionally, Smartrip card users save $0.10 per trip on bus, as well as speed boarding times for everyone else.

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3 Responses to >Smartrip will be available at CVS

  1. Anonymous says:

    >Bus riders can continue to use the weekly bus pass which provides unlimited rides on WMATA buses for $11 a week.

  2. Anonymous says:

    >what about recharging the cards? Any plans for retail location?

  3. Michael says:

    >There are plans for that, I have a 2003 contract from WMATA to their Smartrip contractor that included a lot of work setting up a network of paypoint terminals that will recharge cards, but I don’t know whether that’s part of the new 2008 contract. I expect that to be part of the upgrades coming soon.I’ll put in a request for some information. Thanks for your comment.

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