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Metro Brief: D.C. students ride free with DC One Cards

District of Columbia

On September 1, 2014

Students who have DC One Cards can ride metro free during set times.
Credit: Michael Sennott/Star Tribune

With the start of the new school year on Monday, Aug. 25, District of Columbia students at public and private elementary, middle and high schools in the District of Columbia can ride on the Metrobus and the DC Circulator at no charge, Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., during the regular school year.

Students are encouraged today to obtain their DC One Cards, register them online, and check their eligibility before they take advantage of this service.

The DC Council established this free program last year, allowing D.C. students to travel free to and from school and educational activities. Also, students can use the service when school is dismissed early, or half day, during the school week.

As in the past, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is requesting that students FLASH their DC One Cards when they enter the buses during the Kids Ride Free on Bus program hours.

After 8 pm on weekdays, weekends, and holidays, students will need to purchase a 10-trip bus pass, monthly rail and bus pass or pay the regular fare during the 2014-2015 school year.

Students need to register and confirm their eligibility in the District’s School Transit Subsidy program on the DC One Card website, before purchasing transit passes from WMATA.

For more information, on the School Transit Subsidy Program, go to DDOT’s website at Or call customer service at 202.673.1740.

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