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D.C. Metro Phasing Out Older SmarTrip Cards

On April 9, 2021, Metro announced that they would be phasing out their first generation SmarTrip Card which contains outdated chip technology. The cards are being phased out due to the installation of new fare gates in Metro stations, which will begin in June 2021.

All agencies that use the SmartBenefits program are encouraged to let their participating employees use Metro’s online, self-service card replacement process.  Tens of thousands of cards need to be converted.  The online process is faster and more efficient than requiring each employee to ask their agency’s SmartBenefits administrator to manually “reassign” the benefits to a replacement card.

Here is the link to Metro's announcement:


Last updated: Tuesday, June 8, 2021