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School Transit Subsidy Program

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The School Transit Subsidy Program provides reduced fares for District students who use Metrobus, Metrorail or the DC Circulator to travel to and from school. This program serves students attending DC public, charter and private schools, as well as students participating in educational programs in the District.

For any District student to qualify for the School Transit Subsidy Program, he or she must meet all four qualifications:

  1. Be a resident of the District of Columbia;
  2. Be less than 22 years of age (Note: Age requirement expanded for all students, except for eligible youth in the District’s Foster Care system.);
  3. Be enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, private, charter or parochial school located within the District; or a “ward of DC” through the Foster Care System; and
  4. Need to use Metrobus and Metrorail for travel to and from school and to and from related educational activities in the District.

DC Kids Ride Free on Bus Program Guidelines (effective August 18, 2014 to June 30, 2015)

When traveling to and from school, Monday to Friday, students can FLASH their DC One Card during the regular free hours (5:30 am to 8 pm). Students must use a registered DC One Card to get their FREE pass uploaded to their card.
 
Obtaining a DC Kids Ride Free on Bus Pass
Eligible students can obtain a FREE bus pass by registering their DC One Card and confirming their eligibility on the DC One Card website. Make sure you click the link to confirm your eligibility. After three business days, the pass will be uploaded to the Metrobus network. On the third day, the student can claim their FREE pass by simply touching the SmarTrip target on the farebox.
 
The 2014-2015 School Year
Students should keep their DC One Cards they had received during the last academic year and summer session. If students lose their DC One Card before the start of the 2014-2015 school year, they must obtain another one before school starts. Students can register their DC One Cards and check their 2014-2015 eligibility as early as Monday, August 18, 2014.
 
2014-2015 DC Kids Ride Free on Bus Guidelines
The Kids Ride Free on Bus program will be in effect during the 2014-2015 school year for eligible students. Students can get a FREE electronic pass by registering their DC One Card and confirming their eligibility on the DC One Card website. Within three business days, the FREE pass will be uploaded to the Metrobus farebox system for the student to claim and use.
 
When traveling to and from school during the regular academic year, all students must FLASH their DC One Card during the free hours (5:30 am to 9 am and 2 pm-8 pm) from Monday through Friday. Students released early from school during designated half days can also travel for free during the weekdays.

Students traveling after 8pm and weekends need to purchase a 10-trip bus pass, monthly pass or pay regular fare.

 
DC One Card Customer Service Center Information
 

Locations

Addresses

Hours of Operation

Phone Numbers

One Judiciary Square 

441 4th Street NW, Lobby Level, Washington, DC 20001 

Monday-Friday
9 am-5 pm
(except District holidays) 

(202) 727-6030

Deanwood Recreation Center and Library

1350 49th Street NE Washington, DC 20019

 

Mon., Tue., Thurs., Fri.
9 am-5 pm
Wed., noon-8 pm
(Except District holidays)

(202) 727-0128

 Wilson Aquatic Center

 

4551 Fort Drive, NW Washington, DC 20016

 

Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.
9 am-5 pm
Wed., noon-8 pm (Except District holidays)

(202) 715-7788

 

Contact Us

For additional information about the School Transit Subsidy Program, please call (202) 673-1740.