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Kids Ride Free

The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, the DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District to get to school and school-related activities. The program uses an electronic Kids Ride Free pass that must be loaded onto students’ DC One Cards.

To be eligible, students must meet three qualifications :
  • Resident of the District of Columbia
  • Age 5 to 21
  • 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.

2018 - 2019 School Year 

The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program is getting smarter! Mayor Muriel Bowser established and championed KRF to ensure that all students who attend public schools can ride to and from school related activities for free on Metrobus, Metrorail, and the DC Circulator. DDOT and the school systems are implementing 2018-2019 school year updates to the program based on feedback from parents and students. These updates will make the program easier to use and more accessible.
Students who use Metrorail, Metrobus, and DC Circulator to get to school and school-related activities will need to obtain a new KRF SmarTrip card at a summer distribution event or when the next school year starts. Beginning in the 2018 -2019 school year, students will no longer use their DC One Cards to access public transportation.
  • The new SmarTrip card will provide students with free transportation on Metrobus, Metrorail, and DC Circulator to school and school-related activities.
  • Students will simply be required to tap their new KRF SmarTrip cards on all bus and rail trips.
  • The new card will be separate from students’ DC One Card and will provide students with easier and immediate access to Metrobus, Metrorail, and DC Circulator.
To avoid an interruption in in students' ability to use the Metro or DC Circulator, current KRF activated DC One Cards can be tapped to ride through September 30, 2018.

Get Your Card Early

Card distribution events will be held this summer in every ward.  These events will allow students who currently use bus and rail to get to school and school-related activities an opportunity to get their new KRF SmarTrip card before the new school year begins. To receive a new KRF SmarTrip card, students will need to bring their current DC One Card or a government issued I.D. and proof of residency to one of these events. 
Tentative Location
Wilson High School
3950 Chesapeake St NW, Washington, DC 20016
July 21
9am - 2pm
Capitol Hill Montessori School @ Logan
215 G St NE, Washington, DC 20002
July 22
2pm - 7pm
Brightwood Education Campus
1300 Nicholson Street, NW
August 4
9am - 2pm
Dunbar High School
101 N St NW, Washington, DC 20001
August 5
1pm - 6pm
Columbia Heights Ed Campus
3101 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
August 11
9am - 2pm
Ballou High School
3401 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20032
August 12
1pm - 6pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001
August 18
9am - 4pm
District Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019
August 19
1pm - 6pm

*Event locations are subject to change. Please continue to check this website for updates as the KRF distribution events get closer. 

Additional Information

If students are unable to attend a summer distribution event, they can get their new SmartTrip card from their school’s DC One Card Administrator at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. For additional information, please review the Kids Ride Free 2018-2019 Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions about the KRF program, please contact your school’s DC One Card Administrator or the District Department of Transportation’s School Transit Subsidy Office at (202) 673-1740.