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Metro To Cut Price Of SmarTrip Cards In October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro is reducing the price of its rechargeable SmarTrip fare cards to $2 beginning in October.

The transit agency announced the price reduction Thursday. The cards currently cost $5 each, though Metro offers a $3 rebate when the cards are registered online.

Beginning Oct. 1, Metro is discontinuing the rebate program. Riders will be able to purchase SmarTrip cards for $2 at Metro sales offices or commuter stores. At Metro stations and some CVS stores, dispensers will sell SmarTrip cards for $10, which includes $8 in fare value.

General Manager Richard Sarles says Metro is transitioning away from paper fare cards and wants to encourage everyone to switch to the plastic SmarTrip cards.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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