WMATA has released the new Nats-branded SmarTrip cards pictured to the right. You can find the WMATA news release about them here. Personally I don’t see the appeal of the one depicting the new park, even if I helped pay for it.
The locations where you can get one are just as inconvenient as the standard SmarTrip card, though they claim there will be employees selling the cards at the Navy Yard station at 11am on the 28th, then again on March 29 as well as before games on March 30, April 7, April 9, April 12 and April 13.
Personally I’ve never quite understood why they don’t have them in vending machines since they don’t require activation, but then the number of WMATA’s decisions I understand are pretty small. One happy one is their announcement last week that they’re taking a four week break from trackwork on the red line, which hopefully will reduce the pain marginally as they get the feel of handling the gameday crowds.
One more thing for all you more remote folks planning on coming to the game: remember, Metro’s parking lots are free on weekends so if you managed to get your hands on opening day tickets you have no excuse for driving in to the game. With gas over three bucks a gallon and parking sure to be a nightmare – there’s 41,000 seats and about 5,000 parking spaces that will cost up to $35 – Metro will for sure be a cheaper method.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs