By MOAA Staff
Veterans with a disability rating of 60 percent or greater are eligible for reduced fares on public transit around Washington, D.C., and the Pentagon -- and getting those discounts just got a little easier.
Rather than traveling to Metro Headquarters in Washington to apply for a Reduced Fare SmartTrip ID, eligible veterans can fill out their paperwork at the Pentagon Metro Station on the following Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Feb. 6 and 20; March 6 and 20; April 3 and 17; and May 1, 15 and 29.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which operates buses and trains in the Washington, D.C., area, offers SmarTrip ID cards that include up to 50 percent discounts on Metrorail, Metrobus, MARC, MTA, and other providers to veterans with at least a 60 percent disability rating. Qualifying veterans must present a valid photo ID and original letter of disability notification issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, a letter downloaded from the VA website, or a Uniformed Services ID for 100-percent disabled veterans (DD Form 2765).
Veterans also can apply at Metro Headquarters (600 5th St. NW) from 8:15 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. during the week, except for Tuesdays (8:15 a.m.-2:20 p.m.).
The cards will be mailed to the address listed on the application. Cards then must be registered online.