SmarTrip card uploads soon available

Metro officials said riders will soon be able to upload money to their SmarTrip cards from their own computers.

The process will allow Metro riders to use their personal computers to upload money onto their SmarTrip card. Once the money is uploaded with a credit card or debt card, a rider will be able to touch the SmarTrip card to a fare vending machine or at a fare gate to see the added money.

Metro said it is developing the system now and expects to run a pilot program of the new uploading system with 5,000 SmarTrip riders later this month or in July.

The software system, called Cubic, for SmarTrip cards has had some troubles with patrons not being able to upload fares on their weekly bus passes.

SmarTrip cards will eventually be phased out in the coming years, Metro said, and it is working to find a fare card system that will replace it.

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.


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