Metro Makes Changes in How You Pay For Rides

By: Allan M. Siegel

Metro has made two changes to how riders pay to use the rail lines. Both changes have taken effect as of July 1, 2016.

First, Metro has abolished the use of the paper fare cards that were once the hallmark of riding the trains. Now, all riders must purchase SmarTrip cards, which are plastic and durable, and which have been available for purchase for years.

Second, Metro's Board has enacted a new policy directing that after you enter a Metro station, you may exit within 15 minutes at no charge. You are entitled to exit at no charge automatically, and for any reason, as long as you act within the 15-minute time range. (The initial entry charge will be refunded overnight.)

These changes in the Metro rail system are welcome, though unfortunately do not have an effect on Metro's broken safety culture. If you have suffered any injury or other harm as a result of using Metro, you should contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., for a free consultation.