Category Archives: smartrip

>Streetcar on the “Honor System”

> Like most other rail street transit systems in the world, the DC streetcar should be on the honor system.  This system requires passengers riding the streetcar to have proof that their current ride is paid for, but does not … Continue reading

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>Metro approves contract for Smartrip upgrades, bus riders to get first passes

> I wrote last year about how Metro is working on upgrades to the Smartrip program so you’ll be able to do things like go online to check your recent trips, recharge your Smartrip card online or automatically by credit … Continue reading

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>WMATA proposes bus line elimination, headway widenings, station entrance closures

> Today’s Finance Administration and Oversight working meeting today had WMATA chief John Catoe and Chief Financial Officer Carol Kissal discussing potential "service adjustments" (service cuts) in order to close the remaining $73M budget hole for the 2010 fiscal year, … Continue reading

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>WMATA’s Smartrip supplier underpromises and overdelivers

>After being able to promise only 30,000 commemorative Obama Inauguration Smartrip cards as of November, it appears that WMATA’s transit card supplier, Giesecke and Devrient, managed to provide that many and more. According to this article, G&D has delivered over … Continue reading

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>WMATA Inauguration Update

> WMATA opens its Customer Service Operations and Safety Committee (PDF) presentation on Inauguration Day preparations in the words of the Serenity Prayer: "God, grant me the courage to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things … Continue reading

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>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 … Continue reading

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>What do Smartrip Cards Cost?

> According to the Director of Customer Service for WMATA, the direct cost for a Smartrip card is $3.50 in bulk from its vendor, Giesecke and Devrient (PDF on the “GO CARD”, the specific design used for Smartrip). According to … Continue reading

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