The SmarTrip card has officially launched on Android devices for contactless payment in the Metro transit system in the DC area.
The SmarTrip card has officially launched on Android devices for contactless payment in the Metro transit system in the DC area. It comes nearly nine months after the transit agency launched the iPhone app and payment system.
Starting Tuesday, SmarTrip users with Android devices can take trains and buses by pairing their cards with Google Pay and holding their devices near a card reader anywhere the physical card has is accepted, including tariff barriers in stations, buses and car parks.
“As the region reopens, anyone can use contactless and use their phones to take the metro,” Metro CEO Paul Wiedefeld said on Monday.
“Today, people have the ability to pay for just about anything using their phones. And now paying for a metro ride is as easy as buying a cup of coffee.
Find out how to transfer your existing card to your Android phone:
Passengers can add an existing SmarTrip card to their Google Pay app or purchase a new one.
According to Metro, 93% of users use either an iPhone or an Android phone. Wiedefeld said a large part of Metrobus riders use Android phones.
Metro said it will also waive the $ 2 fee for a SmarTrip card for all Android users who purchase a virtual card in the first six months.
Find out how to add value to your pass right on your phone:
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