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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.

2014 Summer School Program Guidelines

Eligible District students can purchase and use discounted transit passes for summer school and educational programs in the District. This year, students must obtain a DC One Card, with a SmarTrip technology to buy a transit pass from WMATA (or Metro), and receive and use the DC Summer Student “Kids Ride Free on Bus” pass.  DDOT is not accepting applications for Student Travel Cards. Students are required to check and confirm their eligibility before purchasing and using any purchased or FREE transit pass.

DC One Card and Transit Subsidy Access During Summer

For students attending DC public, charter or private schools, or an educational program, there are different requirements to access the transit subsidy. These requirements follow below:  
  • DC public school students who are registered for summer school may request a DC One Card directly from their school through the appropriate ID administrator. Students must register their DC One Card at www.dconecard.gov upon receiving them. Note: Students must also check and confirm their eligibility online as well.
  • DC public charter school students who are registered for summer school should contact their designated DC One Card ID administrator to request a DC One Card, if they don’t have one. During the summer session, public charter school ID administrators will also be responsible for activating a student’s DC One Card to enable them to purchase transit passes, and to obtain a FREE Kids Ride on Bus Pass for the summer only.
     
  • Private school students should contact their appropriate DC One Card ID administrator for transit subsidy enrollment for the summer session. Private school students who do not have DC One Cards may obtain one by visiting one of the DC One Card Customer Service Centers.  Check the DC One Card website to see which proof of residency and other documents are acceptable to receive a DC One Card. 
     
  • Special educational program administrators are required to submit the student’s information (DC One Card and SmarTrip Number) to DDOT’s School Transit Subsidy office on the organization’s letterhead. Information should be sent by fax (202-673-1743) or via e-mail to Joann Lowe at joann.lowe@dc.gov.  

    DDOT STAFF WILL ACTIVATE DC ONE CARDS FOR STUDENTS IN SUMMER (SPECIAL) EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS ONLY.

DC Kids Ride Free on Bus Program Guidelines (effective June 30 to August 16, 2014)

When traveling to and from summer school students must TAP their DC One Card on the farebox during the regular free hours (5:30 am-9 am and 2 pm-8 pm). WMATA will allow summer school students to FLASH their DC One Cards between 9 am-2 pm to accommodate the summer session schedules for all schools. 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 (http://www.dconecard.dc.gov). 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.
 
Upcoming 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 TAP their DC One Card on the farebox during the free hours (5:30 am to 9 am and 2 pm-8 pm) from Monday through Friday. Students traveling between 9 am to 2 pm, need to purchase a 10-trip bus pass, monthly pass or pay regular fare.
 
Note: Starting September 2014, students must TAP their DC One Cards on the farebox to get on the bus for free. Flashing your DC One Card will no longer be an acceptable form of payment on the bus. 

REMEMBER TAP IT; DON'T FLASH IT


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.