Skip to Main Content

Service AlertsRider Capacity Restrictions Lifted on ART Buses Starting August 1: Starting Sunday, August 1, rider capacity restrictions will be lifted on all ART buses. Seats inside the buses will no longer be blocked off, and buses will not be limited to a certain number of passengers. If you see an ART bus that has the “Bus Full” sign displayed on the front between now and August 1, please call ART Customer Service at 703-228-7433 and let them know the bus number and route that is full. Operations will look into addressing the issue for service the next day. View all ART Alerts

Service AlertsFederal mask mandate for all transit riders now in effect: By order of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all transit riders in the United States are now required to wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19. For more information, please visit View all ART Alerts

Service AlertsART 41, 42, 43, 45, 51, 52, 55, 75, 77, 84 and 87 Operating Regular Service: ART 72 is operating a modified weekday schedule. ART 53, 61, 62 and 74 are not operating. Face masks are required on all ART buses. Learn more: View all ART Alerts


Graphic: SmarTrip card, Senior SmarTrip card, Student SmarTrip cardThe ART bus fleet is equipped with fareboxes that accept SmarTrip®. Customers simply touch their SmarTrip® card to a target to pay their fare.

Students must pay by cash or Student iRide SmarTrip Card to get the student discount. 

Seniors and persons with disabilities can purchase a special SmarTrip card that deducts a discounted fare from the value of the card each time it is used. Seniors (65 and older) with a valid, government-issued photo ID with proof of age can buy and use the Senior SmarTrip card. Disabled persons must have a Metro Disability ID card. The Senior SmarTrip Card can be purchased at the Arlington locations of the Commuter Store or Mobile Commuter Store, and at select CVS pharmacies and Giant Food stores. Search for a retail store near you..

Watch a video about how to get and use SmarTrip cards.

Purchase SmarTrip Card Online

Purchase Smartrip Card at

Reload SmarTrip Card Online

Add more stored value to your existing SmarTrip® card at WMATA's website.

FAQs about SmarTrip® on ART

How do I pay my ART fare using SmarTrip?

Touch your SmarTrip® card to the red bullseye on the top of the farebox. It will deduct the correct fare. Or pay your fare with cash (no pennies), tokens or show your pass to the driver.

Can I add value to my SmarTrip® card on the bus?

Yes. Just follow the ADD VALUE instructions on the farebox. Press the button on the bottom left.  Touch your SmarTrip card to the bulls-eye target.  Add value to your SmarTrip card by inserting bills and coins (no pennies, no ART tokens). Touch your SmarTrip card again to the bulls-eye target to add that value to your account.  Touch the SmarTrip card a third time to pay your fare for the ride. You can also add value at any Metrorail station using cash, a credit card or a debit card. Watch this video to see how to add money to your SmarTrip card on the bus.

Where can I buy a SmarTrip® card?

You can buy SmarTrip cards at any of the five Arlington locations of The Commuter Store, at the Mobile Commuter Store, or online from Commuter for $2.00, with no fare value. Cards are also available with $8 of stored value (for $10) and with $28 worth of stored value (for $30). SmarTrip cards are also available at Metro sales offices and at retail outlets. For more information, see Metro's SmarTrip page.

How does the SmarTrip® farebox deal with transfers when using a SmarTrip® card?

It’s simple and automatic. If you transfer (within two hours) between one ART to another ART, between Metrorail and ART, or between ART and Metrobus or the other local public transit services using the Regional Bus Transfer, the farebox will “read” the transfer information on your card. Every public transit service in the region is using SmarTrip except for MARC and VRE commuter rail services.

Where are the Commuter Stores?

The Commuter Store has five Arlington locations: Ballston, Rosslyn, Crystal City, Pentagon, and Shirlington.

For more information about SmarTrip visit Metro's SmarTrip page.