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Posted at 3:08 PM ET, 10/14/2010

SmarTrip reform discussion tabled ... again

By Aaron Morrissey

WMATA's board of directors held committee hearings this morning, and, yet again, discussion about controversial SmarTrip reforms has been tabled and will be revisited further at a future date to be determined. It's another delay in a series of postponements in the debate surrounding whether or not to alter the price of SmarTrip cards and possibly eliminate negative balances.

The most recent development seems to be that a portion of Metro's braintrust has concluded that the best available option for SmarTrip -- which, it should probably be noted, will have to undergo major overhauls in the near future when Metro runs out of the cards, anyway -- is just to let it be. That's "Option D," (which, yeah, sounds like a world domination plan in of a Bond movie), which would keep the price of the card at $5 and continue to allow negative balances. It appears that the reason for the delays is that Metro board members had been told that the cost of producing a single SmarTrip card was one dollar; in reality, it's $3.40. That information obviously cramps Metro's ability to reduce the cost of the card to $2.50, as it previously was planning.

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Aaron Morrissey blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Aaron Morrissey  | October 14, 2010; 3:08 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network, Metro, traffic, transportation  
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