The School Transit Subsidy Program provides reduced fares for District students who use Metrobus, Metrorail, or the DC Circulator to travel to and from school. This program serves students attending a DCPS school, Charter and Private Schools as well as students participating in educational programs in the District.
In order for any District student to qualify for the School Transit Subsidy Program they must meet all four qualifications:
- Be a resident of the District of Columbia;
- Be less than 22 years of age (Note: Age requirement expanded for all students, except for eligible youth in the District’s Foster Care system.);
- Be enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, private, charter or parochial school located within the District; or a “ward of DC” through the Foster Care System; and
- Need to use Metrobus and/or Metrorail for travel to and from school and to and from related educational activities in the District.
The Ride Free on Bus Program Begins on Monday, August 12, 2013.
Due to a new law passed by the Council of the District of Columbia, the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT’s) has established a “Ride Free on Bus” program for District students participating in the School Transit Subsidy Program.
On and after August 12, District students in the School Transit Subsidy Program will be eligible to ride Metrobus (within the District of Columbia) without charge with a valid DC One Card or a Student Travel Card between the hours of 5:30 am to 9 am and 2 pm to 8 pm on weekdays only.
Students will be required to show their DC One Card or Student Travel Card in order to ride Metrobus for free. (Later this fall private and charter school students will transition from the Student Travel Card to the DC One Card.)
Although the “Ride Free on Bus” program begins Monday, August 12, students can only utilize the program once their schools have opened for the 2013-2014 school year.
There is no change to the STSP for Metrorail travel.
Discounted Student Travel Products Available at Metro Sales Offices
The cost of the student transit pass products remains the same for this school year. A student monthly pass for unlimited trips on Metrorail and Metrobus is $30, a 10-trip rail pass is $9.50 and a 10-trip bus pass is $7.50. These products are good for travel within the District and boundary Metrorail stations (e.g., Southern Avenue, Silver Spring, Capitol Heights, Friendship Heights, and Naylor Road).
New Process for the 2013-2014 School Year
Starting this fall, Charter, Private and Parochial School students, participating in DDOT’s School Transit Subsidy program, will be required to use a DC One Card to purchase and use discounted student passes on Metrorail and on Metrobus (outside of the “Ride Free on Bus” program hours). The majority of Charter School students will be able to request DC One Cards at their respective school site through their designated ID administrator. Once a Charter School student obtains a card, then it must be registered through the DC One Card website in order to print out an eligibility letter to show a WMATA or Metro Sales Office staff representative.
Private and Parochial school students must obtain a DC One Card at one of the three customer service centers in the District and register it at the DC One Card website. Once a student obtains a DC One Card, it must be activated by their ID Administrator. After this process, the student can print out an eligibility letter to show a WMATA or Metro Sales Office staff representative.
More detailed instructions about the DC One Card Program rollout and instructions on how to use the DC One Cards will be sent directly to the schools.
By December 2013, DDOT anticipates that all participating schools in the Transit Subsidy program will be fully phased into the DC One Card program.