A Curly W Metro Pass

Emilie Cole

Even though I had a perfectly-functioning SmarTrip card, I just HAD to show my Nats pride when going through turnstiles, so I up and purchased one of the two special Nationals SmarTrip Cards offered by WMATA (in my opinion, little more than a cute and "aw-shucks" way for Metro to display its commitment as transportation partner for the park). The process wasn't as painful as I had expected from the burgeoning bureaucratic monster that is Metro, but it took a little doing:

I went to the Metro Center Sales Office and stood in the 20-minute line, paid my $5, got my new card, and off I went.

Well, until I realized that obviously I had to get my old SmarTrip money onto my new display of fanship.
Calling the Metro customer service line to make the switch cost me my entire lunch break, and resulted in the odd 'canceling' of my old card. They take the old funds off, but apparently the money doesn't make it to the new card for "up to 7 business days." So all of my remaining balance -- including much-needed work SmartBenefits -- was floating around in the netherworld for almost a week until yesterday, when I was able to add it to my new card through the usual SmartBenefits function at the kiosk. So I had to add my own cash to the new card to get me by until the money was available.

All in all, and suprisingly, there was no paperwork or redundant steps necessary...just patience and appreciation for knowing that with every debit, well, my SmarTrip card has a big curly W on it.


By Emilie Cole  |  April 3, 2008; 2:26 PM ET  | Category:  Emilie Cole
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I, too, went for the "Curly W."

Now I want one with the Park.

To go with my fourteen Nats T-Shirts.

And my four jackets.

And my car flag. And my towels . . .

Kill me now.

Posted by: 241 Scott | April 3, 2008 2:42 PM

I ordered my Nats SmarTrip card online, last Monday afternoon, and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived in the mail 2 days later -- I never expected to get it in time for the Exhibition Game! I'm not bothering with a balance transfer, though: I'll use the old card until the money's gone (or at least down to $1 or so), then will switch to the new one. :)

Posted by: Section 312 | April 3, 2008 10:05 PM

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