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School Transit Subsidy Program

Kids Ride Free

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.

2018 - 2019 School Year 

The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program has gotten smarter! Mayor Muriel Bowser established and championed KRF to ensure that all students who attend public schools can ride to and from school related activities for free on Metrobus, Metrorail, and the DC Circulator. DDOT and the school systems have implemented2018-2019 school year updates to the program based on feedback from parents and students. These updates make the program easier to use and more accessible.

Students who use Metrorail, Metrobus, and DC Circulator to get to school and school-related activities need to obtain a new KRF SmarTrip card from their school.As of October 1, 2018, students are no longer able to use their DC One Cards to access public transportation for free. The new card is separate from students’ DC One Card and will provide students with free transportation to school and school-related activities. The new SmarTrip card provides students with free and immediate access to travel on Metrobus, Metrorail, and DC Circulator. Students are required to tap their new KRF SmarTrip cards on all bus and rail trips.

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. 

Where to Obtain Your Card

Students who take transit to school may request a Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card through their school’s card administrator. Please check with your school’s main office if you are unsure who this is.

Distribution Events Prior to the Start of 2018 – 2019 School Year

Card distribution events were held in every ward prior to the start of the 2018 – 2019 School Year.






Wilson High School

3950 Chesapeake St NW,
Washington, DC 20016


July 21

9am - 2pm

Capitol Hill Montessori School @ Logan

215 G St NE,
Washington, DC 20002


July 22

2pm - 7pm

Brightwood Education Campus

1300 Nicholson Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011


August 4

9am - 2pm

Dunbar High School

101 N St NW,
Washington, DC 20001


August 5

1pm - 6pm

Columbia Heights Ed Campus

3101 16th St NW,
Washington, DC 20010


August 11

9am - 2pm

Ballou High School

3401 4th St SE,
Washington, DC 20032


August 12

1pm - 6pm

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mt Vernon Place NW,
Washington, DC 20001


August 18

9am - 4pm

District Department of Employment Services

4058 Minnesota Ave NE,
Washington, DC 20019


August 19

1pm - 6pm



Additional Information

For more information, please review the Kids Ride Free 2018-2019 Flyer and Frequently Asked Questions pages. 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.

Contact Us

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