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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Safeways selling SmarTrip cards

By Washington Post Editors

Thirty-nine Safeway stores in the Washington region began selling Metro's electronic fare cards on Monday, according to transit officials.

A list of outlets selling the SmarTrip cards, including Safeway and Giant grocery stores and CVS drug stores, is available here.

Metro said the Safeway stores have signage posted about the availability of the cards, which may be purchased at the customer service desks. The cards cost $5 but users receive discounts when traveling on the bus and rail network compared to the cost of using paper fare cards. Rail users who use paper cards pay 25 cents more per trip; bus riders pay 20 cents more.

Metro wants to encourage people to use the reloadable SmarTrip cards, which officials have described as more efficient.

SmarTrip sales locations

By Washington Post Editors  | December 6, 2010; 12:03 PM ET
Categories:  Metro, Metrobus  
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Comments

I realize this may sound pretty dumb, but will we be able to reload fare onto existing SmarTrip cards at those locations where they can be purchased?

Posted by: emacco | December 6, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

This has been going on for years. My friend bought a SmarTrip at Safeway for Obama's inauguration so he wouldn't have to wait in line at the farecard machine.

Posted by: frigate32 | December 6, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

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