Paper No More

Metro Bus, Downtown Washington DC
Originally uploaded by chip py the photo guy

Remember when we discussed WMATA’s transfer proposal? Well, they announced it today – starting January 4, paper transfers will no longer be accepted. Additionally, you’ll have three hours to do bus-to-bus transfers, as opposed to the current two hour window.

The move will save Metro $300,000 in paper and printing cost; the value of minimizing fraud is incalculable. Hopefully, the transition will be smooth for everyone involved. I, for one, am glad they’ve increased the locations you can load up your SmarTrip card, including on the buses themselves.

Kudos to WMATA for actually biting the bullet on this move; it’s a good one and the naysayers will see that in the long run.

Having lived in the DC area for ten years, Ben still loves to wander the city with his wife, shooting lots of photos and exploring all the latest exhibits and galleries. A certified hockey fanatic, he spends some time debating the Washington Capitals club with friends – but everyone knows of his three decade love affair with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A professional writer, gamer, photographer, and Lego enthusiast, Ben remains captivated by DC and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon.

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2 thoughts on “Paper No More

  1. GOOD. when i first moved here I thought the transfer was inherent on smartcards anyway, and i was wrong. And in January I’ll be right.