By January, Metro is upgrading its fare vending machines to dispense SmarTrip cards rather than paper farecards.
Here are highlights of the transition process:
- The change to SmarTrip-only machines began recently at Virginia stations, but Metro plans to discontinue all sales of paper farecards, including bulk sales, when the last machine in the system is upgraded by January. (Paper farecard sales will end at each of its more than 450 individual Metrorail stations as machines are upgraded.)
- Riders will be able to use any remaining paper farecards to enter and exit the Metrorail system until early March.
- Riders holding paper farecards will still be able to transfer the value from paper to SmarTrip at any rail station or Metro sales office through June 2016.