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Metro is considering eliminating cash payments on many limited-stop routes.

Metro is considering eliminating cash payments on many limited-stop routes.

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Some MetroBus Routes Could Go Cash-Free

Metro is considering accepting only SmarTrip Cards for payment on at least a dozen limited-stop routes, potentially reducing travel time by as much as 25 percent.

Metro said it could eliminate cash payments on these MetroExtra buses, but will first seek feedback from riders about the proposal.

The idea behind going cash-free is to eliminate the time required to process cash transactions or add funds to SmarTrip cards. Metro said these transactions can often add as much as 25 percent to trip times.

Currently, Metro does not accept cash on one bus—the 79 MetroExtra along Georgia Avenue and 7th Street NW. It could expand that to include these routes: 16Y, 37, 39, 59, A9, G9, J4, K9, S9, X9, REX, and Metroway. It could also implement a no-cash policy on any new limited stop routes.

Riders have several ways to chime in on the proposals. They can complete an online survey and provide written comments, or they can attend an open house and public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Metro Headquarters (600 5th Street NW.)

The public has until Sept. 24 to give feedback.

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