If approved, your Transit Subsidy funds will automatically load onto your SmarTrip card on the first day of month. This assumes, however, that you already completed the following:
- - You registered your SmarTrip card with www.smartrip.com at least 15 days before your subsidy begins on the 1st.
- - You used your SmarTrip card at least one time in the last two weeks leading up to your subsidy beginning on the 1st. This primes your card to accept the subsidy. If you do not complete this step, your subsidy will not be available on the 1st.
- - Your SmarTrip card that you are using for FAST Potomac Yard benefits only has FAST Potomac Yard benefits assigned to it. If you assign more than one benefit (for instance, a benefit you receive from your employer) to any one SmarTrip card, it will erase both benefits.
- - You do not owe any money (i.e. negative funds showing on your card) to Metro.
At the beginning of each month, just present your registered SmarTrip card to a bus farebox or rail target to pay your fare/fee as you normally would and your monthly benefits will be activated. This is referred to as Autoload – you must have the card properly registered with WMATA in order for the Transit Subsidy to load properly. (See “How do I register my SmarTrip Card?”)