Paper Bus Passes Extended

December 15, 2010

WMATA has decided to extend the use of the paper 7-Day Regional Bus Pass until January 29, 2011. Originally WMATA had announced that the paper bus passes would expire at the end of December. However, due to software difficulties, WMATA has decided to extend the deadline.

Even though the use of the paper passes has been extended, WMATA is encouraging bus pass users to plan ahead and start putting the bus pass on their SmarTrip cards now. Avoid lines by buying a SmarTrip card and bus pass at the Mobile Commuter Store this Saturday, December 18 from 7:30 am - 2:00 pm. The mobile store will be at the corner of Columbia Pike and South George Mason in the shopping center parking lot. Spanish and English spekaing staff will be on hand to answer questions and help riders purchase bus passes.

After January 29, 2011, the paper 7-Day Regional Bus Pass will no longer be sold and must be loaded on to a SmarTrip card. The pass is good for seven consecutive days and can be used on any regional bus system, including Metro, ART, the DC Circulator, Fairfax Connector, DASH, CUE, Ride On and TheBus.

Advantages of having the weekly bus pass on your SmarTrip card include:

  • Being able to buy multiple passes for several weeks at a time
  • Having the pass start on any day and being valid for the next seven consecutive days
  • Same cost as the paper version ($15)

Customers can add the 7-Day Regional Bus Pass to their SmarTrip card at any Metro sales office, Commuter Stores, select CVS Pharmacies and Giant Food Stores. SmarTrip cards can be purchased online at www.wmata.com or at Metro sales offices and Commuter Stores.


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