Metro to allow bus passes on SmarTrip
Metro will allow SmarTrip card holders to load weekly bus passes onto their cards for the first time beginning Sunday at Metro sales offices, regional transit stores and selected retail outlets.
The passes cost $15 ($7.50 for seniors and disabled people) and are good for seven consecutive days of travel on Metrobus and regional carriers including ART, DASH, DC Circulator, CUE, Fairfax Connector, Ride On and TheBus, according to Metro.
The use of passes on SmarTrip cards will allow greater flexibility because the rider can chose when to activate the pass and begin the seven consecutive days, in contrast to the paper bus passes that are valid from Sunday through Saturday. In addition, SmarTrip card holders can download two of the weekly bus passes at a time, with the second one becoming ready to activate after the first expires.
Metro said paper bus passes will be sold through the end of December, with the last ones expiriing on Jan. 1, 2011.
-- Ann Scott Tyson