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MTA Issues Metrochek Reminder

I'm sure we'll be talking more about this: Metrocheks won't be issued to employers after Nov. 15. Starting Dec. 1, they move to a new system of SmartBenefit vouchers.

The larger thing going on is the move toward electronic benefits and electronic fare payments through the SmartBenefit and SmarTrip programs. But transit users whose train and bus systems don't let them pay by SmarTrip are stuck in the middle of this transition. So they'll be switched from Metrocheks to the SmartBenefit vouchers.

The Maryland Transit Administration issued a reminder to riders today that SmartBenefit vouchers will replace the Metrocheks and that the commuter buses operated by Keller, Dillon, and Eyre Bus companies will start accepting them on Dec. 1. SmartBenefit vouchers will be available in $1, $10 and $30 denominations and will be accepted under the same provisions as the Metrocheks.

Metrocheks already distributed to employees will continue to be accepted until the end of the day on March 6. But people still can exchange Metrocheks at Metro sales offices through March 31.

(You won't be able to load a SmartBenefit voucher onto a SmarTrip card or redeem it for cash.)

By Robert Thomson  |  November 5, 2008; 12:02 PM ET
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So, why can't you load these new SmartBenefits onto SmarTrip cards and what are SmarTrip users supposed to do???

Posted by: aka583 | November 6, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Why are they expiring the MetroChecks? Even if they don't issue new ones, why don't they just keep their value indefinitely like normal farecards?

I have some old ones that I keep around for emergencies. What do I do with them?

Posted by: nashpaul | November 10, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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