August 06, 2013
New Metrobus Benefits for School Transit Subsidy Participants
DC Council recently passed legislation that eliminated Metrobus fare charges for students in the DDOT STSP on official school days
(Washington D.C.) The Council of the District of Columbia recently passed legislation that eliminated Metrobus fare charges for students participating in the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) School Transit Subsidy Program (STSP) on official school days.
The “Ride Free on Bus” program will allow District school students to use Metrobus without charge Monday to Friday, from 5:30 am to 9 am and 2 pm to 8 pm, during the regular 2013-2014 school year. The “Ride Free on Bus” program ends after 8 pm on weekdays. After 8 pm on weekdays, and on weekends, students will be required to use their purchased monthly rail / bus pass or a 10-trip bus pass for discounted Metrobus service during the regular school year.
The “Ride Free on Bus” program begins Monday, August 12, but students can only utilize the program once their schools have opened for the 2013-2014 school year.
For this new program, DDOT and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) are requiring D.C. Public School (DCPS) students to use their DC One Card. Charter and private school students will also be required to use a DC One Card for the new Metrobus program and to access other student discounted services, but will be allowed to apply for a DDOT Student Metro Travel Card to use in the interim until they receive their DC One Cards.
For more information, please call (202) 673-1740 (9 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday) or email DDOT’s Customer Service Clearinghouse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the STSP, please visit ddot.dc.gov/SchoolTransitSubsidy.