Today was a sad day. The day that saw the death of my faithful SmarTrip card.
“Who cares?” you may shrug dismissively. Ah, but this was the Special Edition Commemorative Card Celebrating Metro’s Anniversary in Sleek Shiny Silver! I got it in 2001, and it has served me well, raising eyebrows from the metro to the metrobus, as it’s metallic gleam outshone all others.
But today it cracked, breaking the delicate balance of electonic information contained therein and forcing me to get a replacement card, which looks like everyone else’s. Sigh. I suppose I should be happy that something from WMATA actually lasted five years…
However, the real lesson of my nostalgia-soaked entry is this: Register your SmarTrip card. That way when you need to buy a replacement, you won’t lose the money remaining on your old one.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs