WMATA is rolling out the latest upgrade to the SmarTrip Web site, letting riders add money or passes to their cards online instead of having to go to the vending machines in stations.

The new feature is currently a pilot for 5,000 users, including 50 who asked to be included over Twitter. If all goes well, WMATA hopes to release it to everyone in a month, said spokesperson Dan Stessel.

Those with the feature enabled can log in to an existing account or, if they don’t have one, register their SmarTrip card. Even if you don’t have the feature, it’s useful to set up an account to see your balance and get protection against losing your card.

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