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End of Metrocheks

This question came in during today's online discussion about traffic and transit issues:

Washington, D.C.: Now that they have stopped issuing Metrocheks, can I cash in SmartBenefits vouchers toward weekly rail passes? Until Metro has the capability of adding the passes to Smartrip cards, I will have to pay $50 more per month if my only option is to download the $115 subsidy to my card.

I said I knew the Metrochek program would end on Dec. 1, but wasn't sure about using the new SmartBenefits vouchers to purchase Metro passes.

Steven Taubenkibel, a spokesman for the transit authority, checked on that and said, Yes, you will be able to exchange SmartBenefits vouchers for Metro passes.

Also, here's a list of the places where you can exchange Metrocheks.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 10, 2008; 4:48 PM ET
Categories:  Metro , transit  
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Comments

Can you please ask Metro to clarify what will happen to old Metrocheks? As I understand it, old Metrocheks will be worthless as of the end of March. What am I supposed to do with them? I don't understand why they should be treated any differently than farecards as they are for a set amount of value (i.e., while they're purchasing power may decrease, why won't they retain their dollar value?).

Posted by: nashpaul | November 11, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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