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Metro riders can now reload SmarTrip cards online

Thursday - 9/22/2011, 2:26pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Metro announced Thursday that all riders will be able to reload their SmarTrip cards online.

Riders can now log onto smartrip.wmata.com and add value with a credit card.

The program had been in a pilot phase, with around 150,000 riders testing the program before it was opened to the public Thursday.

After adding value to a card, customers must still tap a faregate or bus farebox to complete the transaction.

Future upgrades will include the ability for customers to automatically load value on their card when their balance drops below a specified amount, along with the ability to also add value to the MTA CharmCard.

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