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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Life after SmarTrip

One day, your SmarTrip card will be a memory. Instead, credit cards, mobile phones, or employer ID cards will double as fare payment devices, if WMATA moves ahead with an “Open Payments” system.

Several people have come to WMATA Riders’ Advisory Council meetings recently asking to find out more about this process and this technology. Tonight, the RAC is hosting a member of the team working on this project to answer rider questions.

What if you bought a ticket to a Nats game, or a show at Arena Stage, and it came with a free round-trip ride on Metro to or from the nearby station? Since your credit card can double as fare payment, you wouldn’t even need a special ticket—could the credit card you used to pay for the ticket also automatically get a special free round-trip loaded onto it?

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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