Starting on the first day of school, public, charter and private school students in the District will be able to ride Metrobus and DC Circulator without charge. The Kids Ride Free program was created by legislation that Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser authored this summer as an expansion to the District’s School Transit Subsidy Program.
“Our children can’t learn if they’re not at their desks,” said Councilmember Bowser. “Kids Ride Free removes one more burden to getting a good education while saving families money on transportation.”
Kids Ride Free will let students up to the age of 22 ride Metrobus and DC Circulator for free Monday through Friday, from 5:30AM to 9:00AM, and 2:00PM to 8:00PM, to get to and from school. Students will simply “flash” their DC One Cards to board buses for free. Charter and private school students will also be given DC One Cards before the end of 2013, and can obtain Student Metro Travels cards from DDOT in the interim to take advantage of the program. For all other trips, including all rail trips, bus trips after 8:00PM and on weekends, students will be able to purchase existing monthly passes, 10-trip passes and tokens that are sold at several retail locations. The Kids Ride Free program begins Monday, August 12, but students can only utilize the program once their schools have opened for the 2013-2014 school year.
“We worked closely with DDOT, WMATA and the school system to get this program up and running in time for the 1st day of school,” said Councilmember Bowser. “In just two months, my legislation was introduced, passed, funded, and now will be implemented to the great benefit of the District’s school children and their parents.”
For more information, please visit ddot.dc.gov/ SchoolTransitSubsidy, call (202) 673-1740, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.