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Subway fares D.C.

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Subway fares D.C.

I know the fares are more the farther you travel and not fixed like in NYC. How does the metro card know this? Sorry, I havent been to D.C. yet and am confused about this.

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1. Re: Subway fares D.C.

You touch your card in and out during your trip. That registers how far you have gone so it automatically charges your card.

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Touching in and out also lets the computer know whether to charge peak fare or off-peak fare.

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I guess I could have had a V8. Sorry. Now I know you have to tap in and out! Wow! I hope that changes!

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It's the same system in any country, machines read the information on the card, whether it is electronic as many are now, or just a paper ticket. It's the magic of computers. For example, even if you were in a country that doesn't charge by distance exactly, those countries will charge different fares in different zones usually, and the machine can tell if your card isn't valid in the zone you are trying to leave from. Even in NY, I know the turnstiles can tell if you have a valid card.

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"Now I know you have to tap in and out! Wow! I hope that changes!"

Why?

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I keep my smart trip card in my wallet. It reads through my wallet so it's not any great inconvenience to tap out. If they put the readers on the left instead of the right I might not even need to take my wallet out of my pocket.

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