WMATA announced last week that the secure bike facility at the College Park Metro will now be free of charge with a registered SmarTrip® card.
That's good news and should help WMATA to better utilize the facility. When it opened in May 2012, the price was 2-5 cents per hour (depending on the time of day) and a one-time $5 sign-up fee, so it's not as though this was prohibitively expensive or a cash cow for WMATA.
I don't know how much it was being used recently, but a review the following August showed it to have one of the highest rates of empty spaces. Most of the PG County stations had high rates of unused racks. Perhaps the drop in price - and increase in convenience - will result in more use.
More secure bike parking is on the way
Bike storage rooms similar to the one in College Park are under construction at the East Falls Church and Vienna Metro stations and scheduled to open next month, the transit agency said. All Bike and Ride facilities are planned to be accessed with a SmarTrip card.
And doing a little math, it looks like WMATA has added 800 bike parking spaces to their system since 2012 (they also added the Silver Line). They probably need to add more racks. At least they got rid of those old jaws-of-death racks.