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WMATA’s press office has told me that I should have my requested interview with the SmarTrip manager this week. Right now I’m going to be concentrating on upgrades to SmarTrip, such as the “walking transfer” option being discussed for the Farragut stations, as well as my favorite topic, allowing the smartcards to be used as Metrorail or Metrobus passes.

I’ve already been asked about adding stored value over the internet, and integrating Smartrip and EZ Pass in one account. It’s also important to mention that the WMATA staff doesn’t really have any power to change what’s being charged, only how it would be charged, so I’m not sure questions like “Will we have transfers from bus to metro?” can’t really be answered.

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Michael Perkins blogs about Metro operations and fares, performance parking, and any other government and economics information he finds on the Web. He lives with his wife and two children in Arlington, Virginia.