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DDOT and WMATA Roll Out “Kids Ride Free on Bus” Program

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Students Required to Tap Their DC One Cards on Metrobus and DC Circulator by April 30

Washington D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) are pleased to announce the release of an electronic “Kids Ride Free on Bus” pass for District students. This electronic pass is now ready for use by District students who ride free on Metrobus and the DC Circulator during designated program hours. 

At the appropriate time this month, District students can tap their registered DC One Card on the farebox target on a Metrobus and / or a DC Circulator until the end of the school year. DDOT will provide detailed information to schools, and WMATA will post information on its website, about the timeframe for District students to “activate” the free electronic bus pass on their DC One Card. 

By April 30, 2014, WMATA will require all students to “tap” their individual DC One Card on the farebox target to board the bus for free during weekdays only between 5:30 am and 9 am and from 2 pm to 8 pm.

For bus travel during non-free hours and weekends, students should put money on their card or purchase a 10-trip bus pass, student tokens or a monthly pass from the Metro Sales Office with their DC One Card eligibility letter. Another option is to buy a discounted DC student transit pass online through a registered SmarTrip® online account, linked to the student’s DC One Card.

For more information, please contact DDOT’s School Transit Subsidy Office at 202-673-1740 or visit the office’s website.