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Metro to install more credit card readers

Metro plans to install credit card readers in exit lanes at 22 more Metro parking facilities to improve convenience for customers, and is seeking approval from the Board of Directors to pay for the the project.

A pilot project approved in 2006 for seven stations has eased the exit of customers from the parking lot, according to a Metro report.

Metro also plans to upgrade Lexis SmarTrip card vending machines that are becoming obsolete. It is seeking approval to spend about $3.2 million on both projects.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

By Michael Bolden  | June 10, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
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Exiting with a credit card should carry an additional $1-5 fee to pay for the equipment. Otherwise we're all subsidizing the illiterate.

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 10, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised to see them raise the parking rates due to the credit card interchange fees (i.e., the cut of a sale taken by the card issuer).

But it makes eminent sense to allow for the use of plastic. Really stupid to demand that a tourist buy a SmarTrip card he may never use again.

Posted by: 1995hoo | June 10, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"Otherwise we're all subsidizing the illiterate."

Maybe people don't want to spend $5 on a SmarTrip card? I have one, but not everyone uses the metro as religiously as I, and they might not live within walking distance of a station. Growing up in the suburbs I remember we used to park at metro every so often to commute into DC, but only a few times a year. Not worth buying a SmarTrip card!

Posted by: JTF- | June 10, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Which stations already have this and which might get it?

Posted by: DOEJN | June 10, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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