Put away your checkbooks, discounted metro fare cards will be offered as SmarTrip cards IN 2013. The Carlyle Community Council (CCC) that has offered discounted paper fare cards to CTC residents is phasing them out. The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that operates the Metro subway and bus system is urging riders to use SmarTrip cards instead of paper fare cards. They have even started adding on an additional $1 charge for every ride that uses a paper card instead of a SmarTrip card.
SmarTrip® has the advantage of allowing you to pay fares on numerous providers with just one card. The following area transit providers accept SmarTrip® cards: DASH, Ride On, Fairfax Connector, ART, CUE, Loudoun County Transit, Omniride, TheBus, DC Circulator, and registered van pools.
Going forward, CCC member properties can set up accounts with WMATA so SmarTrip card value can be pre-loaded each month for participating residents. Residents will be able to add value on their own as well. Carlyle Towers is setting up an account with WMATA. You can find the form after the jump.