Md. MTA unveils 'AutoLoad' option for smart card

Posted on November 1, 2011

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) unveiled a new feature called AutoLoad that enables customers to purchase cash value and pass products from the Internet for its CharmCard.

The CharmCard is the credit card-sized, rechargeable fare payment card that eliminates the need for printed tickets. The AutoLoad feature will make using the CharmCard even easier for MTA local bus, light rail and Metro subway customers by eliminating the need to use cash or credit cards at ticket vending machines or bus fareboxes when loading cash value or passes on the CharmCard.

To use this new feature, CharmCard customers must have an online account or set up an online account by visiting the website, clicking on the "Managing My CharmCard‟ box, then following the "Create Account‟ or "Account Login‟ link. Customers will also need a credit card in order to make purchases via the website.

MTA's CharmCard is linked to the SmarTrip card in the Washington, D.C. region. Together, both cards enable riders of public transportation to travel seamlessly within the network of transportation services in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.


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