Sunday, August 11, 2013

The fine print of free bus rides to and from school

Starting with the first day of school this year, students in DC ride Metrobus and the DC Circulator for free.

Now to the fine print:

  • Children and youth must be DC residents, under age 22
  • The youth must be currently enrolled in school (legalese: currently enrolled in a regular course of instruction at an elementary or secondary public, parochial, or private school located in the District)
  • Young people in the District's foster care system can participate until they turn 21
  • Free bus transportation applies to regular school days only, Monday through Friday, 5:30 - 9:00 am and 2:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Free rides are only available to youth who participate in DDOT's School Transit Subsidy Program (STSP)
  • The program, aka "Ride Free on Bus" program, begins August 12, but students can only use the program once their schools have opened for the 2013-2014 school year
  • DCPS students must use their DC One Card to access free bus rides (Important note: Students must get their DC One Cards at school and not at a service center)
  • Charter and private school students are required to use a DC One Card BUT can use a DDOT Student Metro Travel Card until they receive their DC One Cards

Additional information about using the DC One Card to access free transportation is on the DDOT 2013 Student Transit Subsidy Program page.   More information about the "Ride Free on Bus" program is available by calling DDOT, 673-1740 (Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm) or by emailing DDOT's Customer Service Clearinghouse.

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