Metro installing credit card payment readers to make parking more convenient
22 Parking facilities to receive credit card readers by summer 2011
Paying to park at Metrorail stations is getting easier as Metro is installing credit card readers at all Metro pay-on-exit parking garages and surface parking lots, expanding the option of allowing customers to pay for parking using a credit card.
Each parking facility will have at least one exit lane equipped with a credit card payment option to make parking easier for customers. Customers will be able to use their Discover, Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Japanese Credit Bank cards at these locations in addition to paying with a SmarTrip card.
This past summer, the Metro Board of Directors approved the installation of a credit card payment option at 22 Metrorail parking facilities and endorsed retrofitting 55 SmarTrip card sales machines to extend their life expectancy.
Metro’s Glenmont, Grosvenor-Strathmore, Rockville, Addison Road-Seat Pleasant, Naylor Road and Branch Avenue Metrorail station parking facilities are now accepting credit card payment options. By summer 2011, credit card readers will be installed at the Suitland, Southern Ave, West Hyattsville, Prince George’s Plaza, College Park-U of Md, Greenbelt, Morgan Boulevard, Van Dorn Street, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church-VT/UVA, East Falls Church, Cheverly, Landover, White Flint, Twinbrook and Forest Glen Metrorail stations
As part of a pilot program, approved by the Board of Directors in 2006, credit card readers were installed originally at seven parking facilities: Anacostia, Franconia-Springfield, Largo Town Center, Vienna/Fairfax-GMU, Shady Grove, New Carrollton and Huntington Metrorail stations.
Upon completion of the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metrorail station joint development construction project, that station will have a new parking facility and at that time it also will have the credit card option available. At the Deanwood, Minnesota Avenue, Fort Totten, Capitol Heights and Wheaton Metrorail stations, customers pay to park upon entering those facilities.
Metro adopted a "cashless" parking program in March 2004, which required customers to pay parking fees using a pre-loaded SmarTrip card
News release issued at 11:09 am, November 8, 2010.