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What do you think about limited-stop bus service going cash-free?

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Metro is looking at ways to speed up bus service and is considering going cash-free on limited-stop routes by only allowing payment with a pre-loaded SmarTrip® card.

Passenger boarding and fare payment can take up to 25% of a bus route's travel time. Research shows that cash payments take much longer than SmarTrip® taps.

Current limited-stop routes under consideration are: 16Y, 37, 39, 59, A9, G9, J4, K9, S9, X9, REX, and Metroway, as well as future new limited-stop routes. Route 79 MetroExtra is currently cash-free as part of a pilot. Local routes would continue to accept cash.

The comment period is closed. Public feedback will be provided to Metro's Board of Directors in November 2018 as part of the final decision making process. In accordance with Federal Transit Administration guidance, Metro would conduct additional public outreach and a Title VI analysis prior to any permanent removal of cash as a fare payment option.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, disability or family status. If you require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or translation services (free of charge), contact the project team at 202-962-2511 (TTY: 202-962-2033) at least 48 hours in advance.