Metro Considering Credit & Debit Payment Options.

metro-busAccording to WJLA, Metro officials say they are considering a system that would let commuters pay for bus, train and parking with credit or debit cards. Riders would wave their cards, which are imbedded with a computer chip, across a card reader. The method would be an alternative to Metro’s current payment options such as SmarTrip, its electronic fare card.

As someone who uses Metro frequently, such a change will likely have no impact on me. But, I think this has great potential and will be far more convenient for the casual user or vacationer. Currently, cash is no longer accepted for parking. Those that don’t use the system often, or don’t live here, tend to not want to buy a SmarTrip card for a handful of uses.

Buy opening up the system to other plastic alternatives, this could help speed things along and keep frustrations to a minimum. Its also just good, old fashioned, customer service.

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