Last Week for Paper Bus Passes on ART

by ARLnow.com January 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm 1,980 2 Comments

Starting Saturday, paper weekly bus passes will no longer be accepted on ART and all other regional bus systems. Instead, riders will now only be able to use their SmarTrip card as their seven-day bus pass.

The SmarTrip weekly bus pass will cost $15, the same as the paper passes.

Riders will now be able to use their pass during whichever seven-day period they choose. The SmarTrip card will support the purchase of up to two weekly passes at a time.

SmarTrip cards are available for purchase at Metro sales offices. The county’s Mobile Commuter Store will be selling SmarTrip cards near the corner of Columbia Pike and George Mason Drive this coming Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

See more information about the change here.

  • John Andre

    Just wondering…what will happen when the supply of SmarTrip cards is exhausted in about two years???

    Will Metro abolish the paper passes and make everyone pay full fares, the way they abolished the bonus on farecards worth $20.00 or more???

  • John Andre

    This is a huge issue. Metro keeps raising the fares, while service continues to DETERIORATE!!! Every time you try to use the system, you get delayed because something is continually shut down for “track maintenance”. The system isn’t even safe…as witness the recent incidents at Gallery Place and L’Enfant Plaza.

    If Metro continues to hike fares, they should at least provide a safe reliable system as free of extended delays as possible. And hardly a weekend goes by that you can’t get from Ballston to Dunn Loring due to some sort of trackwork delay!


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