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New Rules on Metro Farecard Trades

Commuters today saw signs in many stations announcing Metro's new rules for trading in Farecards. The rules are designed to combat the fraud sceme uncovered last week.

Anybody having trouble with the new system?

Several blog readers were asking whether they could still put the value of their paper Metrocheks onto their SmarTrip cards at Metro's vending machines. Yes, any value card can be added to a SmarTrip card.

The problem some will encounter is that they can no longer trade in an old paper card with a value of more than $7 for a new paper card.

Some stations have signs on every vending machine stating the new policy. But at Farragut North this morning I didn't see any signs posted at the L Street plaza.

See Lena Sun's story in The Post, which explains the Farecard fraud and the reasons for changing the trade-in policy.

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By Robert Thomson  |  July 21, 2008; 11:10 AM ET
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This is just another example of Metro inconveniencing all customers because of a few criminals. It's exactly the same thinking that lead to requiring SmarTrip cards for parking after the parking lot skimming by employees. Rather than address the real problem, they choose to inconvenience law-abiding customers.

Posted by: nashpaul | July 21, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Posted by: gdmetro | July 22, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Who actually reads these blogs and posts back? To the "law-abiding customer", get a life and stop complaining! I think their new rules are fair.

Posted by: Bob | July 23, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

You do, Bob.

Posted by: Bob's mom | July 23, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

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