Great news from Metro today: you can now load value onto your SmarTrip card at over 100 CVS and Giant Food stores. This is the latest step in making it easier to use and reload SmarTrip cards since Metro eliminated paper transfers back in January. You can load value using cash or credit cards on portable SmarTrip devices at these stores, a welcome improvement over the cash-only reloading capabilities of Metrobuses.
The list of stores with SmarTrip reloading machines can be found here; the list includes 106 CVS locations and eight Giant Food locations. Participating retailers will have a decal or sign on the door announcing the SmarTrip capability.
Thanks Metro, for making it a bit easier to avoid the swarms of tourists at the farecard machines in Metro stations this summer.
And oddly enough, here’s another way that CVS is making it a little bit easier to get around: apparently the CVS Samaritan Van has been rescuing stranded motorists for thirty years! Who knew CVS cared so much about transportation? Thanks David for the link.