Metro fare gates no longer accepting paper cards

(AP) -- Paper fare cards are a thing of the past on the Metro rail system.

Saturday was the last day passengers could use the paper fare cards. As of Sunday, passengers can only use the plastic SmarTrip cards to pay for their rides.

Metro says that customers with paper fare cards can transfer the value to a SmarTrip card by using certain vending machines at rail stations. Metro says that vending machines have been dispensing only the SmarTrip cards since December and that paper fare cards account for less than half a percent of all rail transactions.

Metro says customers can transfer any value from the paper cards to SmarTrip cards through June 30.

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