Hi, we will be visiting Washington for 7 days, located near Logan Circle.
On arrival we intend to get the Washington Flyer from Dulles to the West Falls metro then a single metro fare to get us near our stay. But the day after we were looking to buy the 7-Day Regional Bus Pass ($16) as this seems to fit our needs of simply getting to the museums, zoo etc. and back again each day.
I have looked on the wmta website and it states that SmarTrip card dispensers are available at all Metrorail stations and they sell SmarTrip cards for $10: $2 for the card itself and $8 in fare value. It also says any 'pass value' will be used before fare value.
So, ideally I would like to add a single metro trip and the $16 bus pass but can this be done using the SmarTrip card/card dispenser? Can I buy the card when I arrive, charge it up by adding $10.75 with a single metro trip and the bus pass then use the metro first (not using the bus pass on this day) and the bus pass from the second day for 7 days?
Alternatively, to make it simpler I could just buy a paper ticket for the metro then the SmartTrip card for the bus on the next day, but can the $8 fare value on the card be used for the bus pass?
I hope I haven't confused everyone too much...