Metro Is Getting Smarter for Seniors
Metro is changing its policy on SmarTrip cards in a way I hope will eliminate a frequent complaint about the cumbersome, two-stage process seniors have had to follow in getting their discount fares. Here's how some of them explained the problem.
First you have to apply for a senior ID, which takes two months. Then you have to visit a designated Metro station to get the SmarTrip.
In Boston, you visit a booth in a "T" station and, upon presenting proof of age, you are issued a photo ID that works on the "T" system. The whole process takes 15 minutes.
Why does Metro need more than two months for a 15-minute operation?