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Kids Ride Free Update
The Kids Ride Free program allows public school and public charter school students to ride for free on Metrobus, the DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District to travel to school and school-related activities.   For the first time in the program’s inception, Kids Ride Free passes have been preloaded to students DC One Cards if they used the card during the 2016 – 2017 school year.  Now is the time for students to get ready for Kids Ride Free. Students should find their DC One Card as soon as possible or contact their school if they do not have one. Students can check if they have the pass for 2017/2018 school year already loaded on their DC One Card by logging in at  In order for a student to add the Kids Ride Free Pass to their DC One Card, students need to make sure they do not have a negative balance on their card. The Kids Ride Free pass can be loaded onto the DC One Card at Metrorail stations or on Metrobus and DC Circulator following the instruction in this flyer or at Please share this important information for the 2017-2018 school year with DC One Card Administrators in your schools and with your students and families.

DC One Card Guidelines:

Students can request a DC One Card by filling out a application form at the Security Desk.

New application fee $0

Replacement card fee $7.00 (each card)

New Requirements:  DC One Card Students who ride Metrorail, Metrobus or the DC Circulator under the “DC Kids Ride Free” program are required to “TAP” their DC One Card on the fare box reader during designated program hours. The School Transit Subsidy Program has made the following materials available: flyers in English and Spanish, and a link to a video for parents, and students to review.

Eligible students must register their DC One Card and confirm their eligibility in the Transit Subsidy Program on the DC One Card website ( Students must “click” the Check Eligibility button under the Transit Subsidy section on their DC One Card. After three business days students can “TAP” their DC One Card on the Metrobus fare box for free ride privileges.

If students do not have access to a computer at home, please see Ms. Moore for assistance with the registration process as needed. Contact the School Transit Subsidy Manager at (202) 607-0204 with questions.

Note:  Please allow up to 5 days to receive your DC One Card once the application has been submitted.