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Kids Ride Free SmarTrip Card 2019-2020

!! IMPORTANT !!

SUMMER DISTRIBUTION EVENTS CANCELLATION NOTICE

Previously planned summer distribution events for School Year 2019-2020 Kids Ride Free (KRF)SmarTrip cards have been CANCELLED.  The new cards will be sent directly to ALL D.C. public and charter schools for distribution starting August 26, 2019.

Important Notes: 

  • New School Year 2019-2020 Kids Ride Free cards will be delivered directly to ALL D.C. public and charter schools for distribution starting August 26.
  • Your student’s School Year 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card (last year’s card) is valid until September 30, 2019. 
  • The new School Year 2019-2020 Kids Ride Free card will be provided to students by their school’s DC One Card Administrator before current cards expire on September 30.
  • Students who have lost or misplaced their previously issued School Year 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free card can receive a replacement card at the Deanwood or Judiciary Square DC One Card Centers between August 12-23 by registering below.
  • Students can also pick up a replacement card at their school starting on August 26.

Kids Ride Free

Mayor Muriel Bowser established and championed KRF to ensure that enrolled District students who are District residents can get to school and school-related activities for free on Metrobus, Metrorail, and the DC Circulator.

The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, the DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District to get to school and school-related activities.

To be eligible, students must be:

  • a resident of the District of Columbia
  • between the ages 5 and 21
  • 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.

2019 - 2020 School Year 

The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program continues to grow! In School Year 2019-2020, DC students will receive a new SmarTrip Card for traveling to school and school-related activities that has been designed specially for them. The new cards will be sent directly to all D.C. public and charter schools for distribution starting August 26, 2019. Students can collect their new School Year 2019-2020 SmarTrip cards from their school ID administrators like they did during the last school year.

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

Remember:  No Card, No Free Ride

Students taking Metrobus, Metrorail, or DC Circulator to school should always have their Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card with them or be prepared to pay the regular fare for their trip.

Replacing Lost or Misplaced School Year 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip Cards

If students have misplaced their School Year 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free card, they can get a REPLACEMENT card at the Deanwood or Judiciary Square DC One Card Centers between August 12-23 by registering below. 

NOTE: Students will receive a REPLACEMENT card for the School Year 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free Card. New cards for School Year 2019-2020 will be distributed at schools. 

Register to pick up a replacement School Year 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free Card at the Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street NE) DC One Card Center below:

Monday (9am - 5pm)

Tuesday (9am - 5pm)

Wednesday (12 noon- 8pm)

Thursday (9am - 5pm)

Friday (9am - 5pm)

August 12

August 13

August 14

August 15

August 16

August 19

August 20

 August 21

August 22

August 23

 

Register to pick up a replacement School Year 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free Card at One Judiciary Square (441 4th Street NW) DC One Card Center below:

Monday (9am - 5pm)

Tuesday (9am - 5pm)

Wednesday (9am - 5pm)

Thursday (9am - 5pm)

Friday (9am - 5pm)

August 12

August 13

August 14

August 15

August 16

August 19

August 20

 August 21

August 22

August 23

 

Receiving a Replacement School Year 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip Card at a DC One Card Center

To receive a replacement School Year 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card at a DC One Card Center, students must meet the Kids Ride Free program eligibility requirements 

  • Bring the required documentation to the DC One Card Center. 
  • Be enrolled in grades K-11 in a DCPS, DCPCS, or DC private school during School Year 2019-2020. Returning students who were in 12th grade in the past school year are not eligible to receive a card at a DC One Card Center but may request one at their school.
  • Students who qualify for Kids Ride Free but are ineligible to receive a card at a DC One Card Center may request one at their school at the beginning of the school year from their School ID Administrator.

Required Documentation

To receive a replacement School Year 2018-2019 KRF SmarTrip card at a DC One Card Center, students will need to bring one of the following as proof of eligibility:

  • Current DC One Card, or
  • Student ID/USI number
  • Private and home-schooled students should bring proof of identity, proof of DC residency, and proof of school enrollment/OSSE approval for home-schooling.

Parents are allowed to pick up School Year 2019-2020 KRF SmarTrip cards at the DC One Card Centers. Parents will need to bring one of the following as proof of eligibility:

  • A government-issued ID Card AND the student’s birth certificate.
  • Proof of DC Residency, and
  • Proof of school enrollment/OSSE approval for home-schooling.

For more information, please review the Kids Ride Free Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions about the KRF program, please contact your school’s card administrator or the District Department of Transportation’s School Transit Subsidy Office at (202) 673-1740.