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Seniors Ask About SmarTrip Status

Many readers asked the following question after seeing my Dr. Gridlock column and the Commuter page on Sunday.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:
I have a blue/green SmartTrip card coded to permit application of senior fares. I presume I can continue to use this card, notwithstanding the introduction of a new yellow card for riders with senior status. Is this correct?
Arthur L. Freeman
Montgomery County

Yes. If you have one of Metro's blue and green SmarTrip cards that was set up to provide the senior discount, you're stlll good. You can continue using that as you always have.

My concern is for people who have the copper-colored Senior ID card that Metro used to issue, but do not have any form of SmarTrip card. Most of these folks ride buses, rather than Metrorail, so they never went to the trouble of getting a SmarTrip.

They are the ones I'm urging to go get a Senior SmarTrip card, which now comes in yellow, so that they can get the transfer discount. Now that paper transfers have been eliminated, a SmarTrip card is the only way to get the transfer discount.

Metro stopped issuing the copper-colored ID cards in June and started issuing the yellow Senior SmarTrips to people 65 and older.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 5, 2009; 10:14 AM ET
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