New phase of MTA’s CharmCard begins Monday

On Monday, Maryland Transit customers with permanent disabilities will begin taking advantage of the next phase of its CharmCard program. The Reduced Fare CharmCard is a reusable card that charges the reduced fare when swiped for a single-trip fare or a pass for travel on local bus, subway and light rail transit transportation. The savings include bus and Metrorail service to Washington, D.C. Customers can load up to $200 on the card.

“Providing the Reduced Fare CharmCard to people with permanent disabilities is one more way the MTA helps people stay connected to what’s important in their lives,” said MTA Administrator and CEO Ralign T. Wells. “Reduced fare for people with disabilities has long been a part of our service. This new CharmCard adds convenience and security to the ways we serve our customers.”

MTA introduced the original CharmCard in September 2010 and began the Reduced Fare CharmCard for Seniors last month. More than 7,700 riders signing up for the CharmCard in the last few months to make fare payment faster, easier and more secure. For more, visit