School Transit Subsidy Program: Kids Ride FREE!

The School Transit Subsidy Program offers free or reduced transit fares for District students to travel to and from school and school-related activities. The program is available to students enrolled in DC public, public charter, and private schools.

Kids Ride Free

The Kids Ride Free 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 all three qualifications below:

  • 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.

* Private and parochial school students are eligible for the free bus benefit, but not the free rail benefit. College students are not eligible for the Kids Ride Free program.

For more details, view this FLYER (in English and the six other languages).