Route 79 MetroExtra goes cash-free

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We're testing new ways to get riders to their destination faster. Route 79 MetroExtra was selected for the project due to its proximity to retail stores and Metrorail stations to purchase or load SmarTrip® cards, as well as alternative bus service for cash-paying riders.

Starting Sunday, June 24, 2018, you'll need to use a SmarTrip® card to pay for your fare on Route 79 MetroExtra - Georgia Avenue Limited Line.

Cash will not be accepted, and you won't be able to add money to your SmarTrip® card on the bus.

This is a six month pilot to test whether going cash-free can speed up bus travel times by having faster boardings. Faster boardings mean a faster trip. A SmarTrip® card will be needed to board Route 79 MetroExtra during the pilot.

What Riders Need to Do:

  • Use a SmarTrip® card to board Route 79 MetroExtra during the pilot as cash and coins will not be accepted. A SmarTrip® card only costs $2.
  • Purchase, add money or a pass to a SmarTrip® Card at:
  • Consider the 7-Day Regional Bus Pass for $17.50. This pass is available at all Metrorail stations or online. The seven days start once you tap on the bus.
  • Register your SmarTrip® card online. You'll need an email account to register. If your registered SmarTrip® card gets lost or stolen, you can transfer the value to a new card and won't lose your money.

Paying with a SmarTrip® card can save you time and money!

  • Get free bus-to-bus transfers within two hours
  • Get a 50¢ discount when transferring between bus and Metrorail
  • Save money with a wide variety of passes, including the 7-Day Regional Bus Pass
  • Save time boarding the bus by tapping your SmarTrip® card instead of paying with cash. Faster boarding means a faster trip!
Need to use cash? Riders can still pay with cash on other routes, including Route 70 which operates high frequency service and stops at the same bus stops as Route 79 MetroExtra.

Metro will collect feedback from riders, hold a public hearing and review any equity issues before the Board of Directors makes a decision if this will be a permanent change .