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.