All students must use DC One cards to ride Metro beginning November 13. Metro has extended the current “grace period” for District of Columbia school students who use Metro to travel to and from school under the District’s “Kids Ride Free” program. Beginning November 13, all students will be required to use a DC One card when entering or exiting the rail system or when boarding a Metrobus. Any student without a DC One card will be required to pay the regular fare before riding.
Compliance with the “no tap, no ride” rule is necessary to ensure that Metro can quickly and accurately account for young riders who may be traveling unaccompanied, and to ensure that Metro is properly accounting for rides taken under the program. Metro is reminding students, parents, and school officials that use of the “swing gates” at station entrances is not permitted, and that all passengers – including DC One card holders – must properly tap their card when using the system.
To learn more about the DC One Card program, visit: ddot.dc.gov/page/school-transit-subsidy-program.