For those of you in DC, you might want to keep tabs on my A Smarter Smartrip page as it might turn out to be a useful way to improve your SmarTrip experience. As I explain on the page:
I’ve grown to loath these SmarTrip cards because they break or get lost. It’s a pain in the ass to report it stolen, transfer the credits of your old card or SmartBenefits to a new card, and get it to you in a timely way.
I’m trying to find a way to make a smartrip chip work on a key chain, or in “smart clothing,” so it’s harder to loose or break your smartrip card, and is more convenient. I’ve been on this trek for about a year now, but finally dug back into it after I got fed up with loosing my card most recently. It’s a sideline project, but I hope to have results on it soon.