Today, at long last, you can view your SmarTrip usage history online at wmata.com.
That is, assuming your card is recent enough to have a 9-digit serial number. (Pad the beginning of the number with zeros if not.)
And assuming you remember both the zip code and phone number you used when you ordered it 8 years ago. If you didn’t buy it from a machine. (How old IS that SmarTrip card, anyway?)
But if you can manage all those things… my friend, you are now able to view, online, all the places you’ve taken Metro to! In case you weren’t paying attention when you took Metro there!
So of course now that you see your card balance, you’ll want to add value. Except that you can’t, because that feature, the extremely advanced and complicated one one where you give them a credit card number to make a purchase, hasn’t been added yet. Let’s try that again:
So, now that you see how low your balance is, you can leave the office a little bit early to accommodate the amount of time you will STILL be spending in line at the one functioning SmarTrip machine at your Metro station of choice, because one isn’t working and the other is occupied by some tourist ignoring all the farecard machines and using the SmarTrip machine to buy precise-value paper farecards for the whole family using the bag of change he was keeping in the minivan. A nickel, a quarter, another nickel, wait, he dropped a dime… Aren’t you glad you left early?
Thanks for the useful information, Metro!
Edited to add: For maximum hilarity, watch your neighbors try and fail to use the new SmarTrip registration via the magic of Twitter Search.