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The Senior SmarTrip Card: What is it and where can I purchase one?

Last summer, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority discontinued its copper senior ID card and began offering the bright yellow Senior SmarTrip card.

This card allows residents age 65 and older to pay a discounted senior fare on Metrobus and Metrorail.   According to Metro, it is also easy to use and faster than a farecard.  Card holders touch the SmarTrip card to the target on a faregate or farebox and the reduced fare is automatically deducted.  You do not need to worry if your registered SmarTrip is lost or damaged.  For a $5 replacement fee, you get a new card that will come with the value of the lost card at the time you notify Metro.

Some interested older Washingtonians, have had trouble finding a convenient location to purchase the $5 card.  Below please find a list of stores and offices selling the card in the District.  Please note:  To purchase the card, seniors need to show a valid government issued photo identification card with proof of age.   After the initial purchase, you can add money to the card without showing ID.

Metro Sales Office
600 Fifth Street, NW
Open Weekdays  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Metro Center Metrorail Station
12th & F Streets, NW
0pen Weekdays  7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. & Saturday  12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Giant Food
1414 8th Street, NW

Northern Metrobus Garage
4615 14th Street, NW
Open Weekdays  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.   Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Giant Food
3336 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Western Metrobus Garage
5230 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Open Weekdays  9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Anacostia Sales Office
1101 Howard Road, SE
Open Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Monday  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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