by Susan Pruden
January 22, 2014
From Delegate Doyle Niemann:
Metro offers significant discounts to people over 65. This includes half price fares on then Metro and bus rides as low as 80 cents. But to get these, you need a yellow Metro "Senior SmarTrip" Card. And these are only issued if you show up in person and present identification.
When I turned 65, I set out to get my senior discount card. That is when I discovered you could not get one in Prince George's County. You had to go to DC, Virginia or to Montgomery County.
Metro responded with excuses. So, I introduced a bill in the House of Delegates last year to force Metro to sell the cards in the county. That is when the Park & Planning Commission (MNCPPC) came into play. They reached out to see how they could help.
As a result, you can now purchase a Senior SmartTrip Card at five senior citizen centers in Prince George's County.
Here's where you can get the cards now:
Gwendolyn Britt Senior Center, 4009 Wallace Rd, North Brentwood
Langley Park Senior Center, 1500 Merrimac Drive, Langley Park - 301-408-4343
Laurel-Beltsville Senior Center, 7120 Contee Rd
, Laurel - 301-2065-3350
John E. Howard Senior Center, 4400 Shell St, Capitol Heights
Camp Springs Senior Center, 6420 Allentown Rd, Camp Springs
Call for hours as locations close early. Each center also offers a variety of social activities, fitness and wellness programs, and many other services for seniors. There was a dance class when I got my card at the Gwendolyn Britt Senior Center.
Delegate Doyle Niemann