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(WUSA) - Paper or plastic? Metro is pushing riders to use their plastic SmarTrip cards by charging paper card users more.

Paper card riders will see a surcharge jump from 25 cents to $1 starting on July 1. The price hike marks one of Metro's highest fare increases.

Metro hopes that riders will switch to their $5 SmarTrip cards that are cheaper and easier for the transit agency to maintain.

10 percent of rail users still use paper fare cards. But, Metro will offer $3 rebates on SmarTrip cards to lower the price.

By Benny Magno, wusa9.com

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