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Kids Ride Free Frequently Asked Questions

Kids Ride Free Program
Frequently Asked Questions

School Year (SY) 2019- 2020 

What changes should I expect with the Kids Ride Free Card in School Year 2019-2020?

The District will start distributing the new School Year (SY) 2019-2020 KRF SmarTrip cards starting August 26, 2019 at public and charter schools. The card has a unique design but will function the same as last year’s card. Similar to SY 2018-2019, students will receive pre-loaded cards that are ready to use on Metrorail, Metrobus, and DC Circulator for school-related travel. 

When will I receive my new SY 2019-2020 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip Card? 

You can collect your new SY 2019-2020 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip Card from your school’s DC One Card Administrator starting August 26. 

How will I get to school if I don’t receive a new SY 2019-2020 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip Card before school begins? 

Your SY 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card (last year’s card) is valid until September 30, 2019. 

What do I do if I can’t find my SY 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card?

You can pick up a replacement SY 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card at the Deanwood or Judiciary Square DC One Card Centers between August 12-23. 

Location

Address

Date

Time

Deanwood Recreation Center

1350 49th St NE, Washington, DC 20019

August 12 - 23 (Monday-Friday)

9am - 5pm*

*Wednesdays 12pm - 8pm

One Judiciary Square

441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

August 12 - 23 (Monday-Friday)

9am - 5pm

What if this is my first time needing a Kids Ride Free Card?

New students will receive first priority at schools to pick up the new SY 2019-2020 KRF SmarTrip cards starting August 26, 2019.  

Which students are allowed to receive the new SY 2019-2020 KRF SmarTrip card?

Students who are District residents and who attend a District public, public charter or private school, between the ages of 5 and 21, or a ward of DC through the foster care system can enroll in the Kids Ride Free program.

Are college students eligible for the KRF Smartripcard?

No, college students are not eligible for this program. This program is for students who are District residents and who attend a District public, public charter or private school, between the ages of 5 and 21, or a ward of DC through the foster care system are eligible in the Kids Ride Free program.

When and where can the new KRF SmarTrip card be used?

KRF Smartrip cards are for transportation to and from school and school related activities. If a student needs to get to a school-related event on the weekend, they may use this card. 

How will the KRF SY 2019-2020 SmarTrip card look different from last year’s KRF SmarTrip cards? 

The KRF SY 2019-2020 SmarTrip cards will be a unique design in green, black and white, and will  have the words “Kids Ride Free 2019 - 2020” on it. Each student requesting to participate in Kids Ride Free will be assigned one SmarTrip card with a unique serial number.

How does a new card get activated or loaded?

The new KRF SmarTrip card will come pre-loaded with the Kids Ride Free pass and will be ready to use on Metrorail, Metrobus, and DC Circulator for school-related travel when it is issued to the student.

Should I “tap” or “flash”  my new SY 2019-2020 KRF SmarTrip card at the fare machine?

ALWAYS tap your KRF SmarTrip card at the fare machine as you enter the bus or at the fare gates on your way in and out of a Metrorail Station. 

Can I continue to use my old SY 2018-2019 KRF SmarTrip card?

The SY 2018-2019 KRF SmarTrip card can continue to be used on Metrorail, Metrobus, and DC Circulator for school-related travel until September 30, 2019. However, once you have picked up your new SY 2019-2020 KRF SmarTrip card from your school ID administrator, your old card will be deactivated and will no longer work on fare machines.   

What do I do with my old SY 2018-2019 SmarTrip card? 

Once your school ID Administrator issues the new SY 2019-2020 SmarTrip card to you, the old card will be deactivated and will no longer be valid for use on the Metrobus or Metrorail. 

Will the new SY 2019-2020 SmarTrip card have the student’s name and photo on it?

The new SY 2019-2020 SmarTrip card will have space in the back to write the student’s name on it. There will not be a photo of the student on the card. 

How will replacement cards be handled under this new model for DCPS & Charter School Students?

Similar to last year, if a card needs to be replaced, students will need to request a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card from their ID administrator (located at their respective school). In addition, the lost card will be reported to WMATA and “hot listed” and will be deactivated.

How will replacement cards be handled under this new model for Private School Students?

Similar to last year, the student will need to fill out the KRF application that can be obtained from the ID administrator at their respective school. The ID administrator will send the form to DDOT and a card will be processed by the DDOT School Transit Subsidy Program Office. The card will be sent to the school ID administrator at the school for distribution to the student. The lost card will be “hotlisted” by WMATA and will be deactivated.

Will students be charged for replacement cards?

Students will not be charged for a replacement card. In the interim, students who lose their card will be responsible for paying their fare until they receive a replacement KRF SmarTrip card.

What documentation should I bring to the DC One Card Centers?

If you are a student at a Public or Charter School, please bring your:

  • Current DC One Card, OR
  • SY 2018-2019 KRF SmarTrip Card, OR
  • Student ID/USI number

If you are a parent of a student at a Public or Charter School, please bring with you: 

  • The student’s SY 2018-2019 KRF SmarTrip card; OR
  • Your government-issued ID card AND the student’s birth certificate.

If you are a student or a parent of a student attending a Private School or Home-Schooled student, please bring with you: 

  • Your government-issued ID card, AND 
  • Proof of DC Residency, AND
  • Proof of school enrollment/OSSE approval for home-schooling.

Do I still need a DC One Card and how can they be requested? 

DCPS students will continue to use their DC One Card as a student ID, and all students who have a DC One Card will still be able to use it to access District of Columbia Public Libraries and DC Department of Parks and Recreation facilities. New DC One Cards may still be requested from a school’s DC One Card administrator.


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