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School Transit Subsidy Program

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/or Metrorail for travel to and from school and to and from related educational activities in the District.


The Kids Ride Free on Bus Program Requires Students to TAP their Card by April 30

On and after April 30, WMATA will require District students in the School Transit Subsidy Program to TAP their valid and registered DC One Card on the SmarTrip farebox target to ride Metrobus (within the District of Columbia) without charge between the hours of 5:30 to 9 am and 2 to 8 pm on weekdays only.

Prior to tapping their DC One Card, students must “activate” or register their DC One Card so that their FREE bus pass can get uploaded to their DC One Card.

Students must register their DC One Card on the DC One Card website and confirm their Transit Subsidy program eligibility on the same website.

Since WMATA (or Metro) can only accommodate a limited amount of electronic FREE Bus pass uploads on their system at one time, DDOT has developed a rollout schedule for all schools for the month of April. 

Rollout Schedule for District Students

Group #

Students who attend a school beginning with the letter:

Should Register Their DC One Card by:

And TAP their Card on the Bus starting on:

1

A-B

March 28

NOW

2

C

April 4

NOW

3

D-F

April 10

April 14 – until the last day of school

4

G-K

April 15

April 18 – until the last day of school

5

L-O

April 21

April 24– until the last day of school

6

P-Z

April 24

April 28– until the last day of school

Note:  If a student misses the deadline, then they should not worry.  They can register and confirm eligibility on their DC One Card and wait 3 weekdays.

 

The Ride Free on Bus Program Begins on Monday, August 12, 2013.

Due to a new law passed by the Council of the District of Columbia, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has established a “Kids Ride Free on Bus” program for District students participating in the School Transit Subsidy Program.

On and after August 12, District students in the program will be eligible to ride Metrobus (within the District of Columbia) without charge with a valid DC One Card or a Student Travel Card between the hours of 5:30 am to 9 am and 2 pm to 8 pm on weekdays only.

Students will be required to show their DC One Card or Student Travel Card in order to ride Metrobus and DC Circulator for free.

Although the “Ride Free on Bus” program begins Monday, August 12, students can only use the program once their schools have opened for the 2013-2014 school year.

Proof of Payment for Kids Ride Free on Bus Program Flyer

There is no change to the STSP for Metrorail travel.

Discounted Student Travel Products Available at Metro Sales Offices

The cost of the student transit pass products remains the same for this school year. A student monthly pass for unlimited trips on Metrorail and Metrobus is $30, a 10-trip rail pass is $9.50 and a 10-trip bus pass is $7.50. These products are good for travel within the District and boundary Metrorail stations (e.g., Southern Avenue, Silver Spring, Capitol Heights, Friendship Heights, and Naylor Road).

New Process for the 2013-2014 School Year

Starting this fall, charter, private and parochial school students, participating in DDOT’s School Transit Subsidy program, will be required to use a DC One Card to purchase and use discounted student passes on Metrorail and on Metrobus (outside of the “Ride Free on Bus” program hours). The majority of Charter School students will be able to request DC One Cards at their respective school site through their designated ID administrator. Once a charter school student obtains a card, then it must be registered through the DC One Card website in order to print out an eligibility letter to show a WMATA or Metro Sales Office staff representative.

Private and parochial school students must obtain a DC One Card at one of the three customer service centers in the District and register it at the DC One Card website. Once a student obtains a DC One Card, it must be activated by their ID Administrator. After this process, the student can print out an eligibility letter to show a WMATA or Metro Sales Office staff representative.

More detailed instructions about the DC One Card Program rollout and instructions on how to use the DC One Cards will be sent directly to the schools.
As of January 2014, all participating schools in the Transit Subsidy program should be fully phased into the DC One Card program.

Student Guide - Instructions for Payment Options [PDF]

District students with a DC One Card can purchase transit passes online through the WMATA website.   Students must first create a digital account through the DC One Card website (www.dconecard.dc.gov) and a SmarTrip Account through (www.wmata.com/smartrip).   Once these steps have occurred, then the purchaser can log into the Smartrip account, select the DC One Card, click on “Add Value/Pass” and then proceed to purchase a DC student transit pass.

Students have the option to purchase transit passes through a Metro Sales Office in the District or renew a monthly pass before the month.
If you do not renew your monthly pass by the 30/31st of each previous month, then you have to take a copy of your eligibility letter to the Sales office to purchase your pass.

10-trip bus pass renewal at participating Giant Food Stores

Giant Stores in DC will allow students with a DC One Card to renew their 10-trip bus pass only. Students must have at least one unused trip on their DC One Card.

Contact Us

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