The School Transit Subsidy Program provides reduced fares for District students who use Metrobus, Metrorail, or the Circulator to travel to and from school. Right now, students are eligible to purchase a monthly pass for $30 – good for travel within the District and boundary Metrorail stations (e.g., Southern Avenue, Silver Spring, Capitol Heights, Friendship Heights, and Naylor Road), 10-trip rail pass with the same restrictions as the monthly pass for $9.50, electronic 10-trip bus pass for $7.50 – DC One Card only, and a pack of 10 bus tokens for $7.50.
This program serves students attending a DCPS school, Charter and Private Schools as well as students participating in educational programs in the District. Prior to 2011, all students were required to get an application from their school, have it submitted to the DDOT’s school transit subsidy office, and then received a plastic punch card to purchase fare media at one of Metro’s sales offices Metro Center Rail Station, Metro Headquarters Sales Office, Anacostia Metro Station, Northern Bus Garage. In an effort to streamline and improve access to the transit benefit, DDOT decided to use the DC One Card with Smartrip technology as a means to obtain the benefit with going through the paper process.
The DC One Card is a single identification card that gives students access to DC government programs and facilities, recreation centers, libraries, and the Metro. DCPS students in grades 6 through 12 will automatically receive a DC One Card at school. Other students can obtain their card by visiting one of the DC One Card Customer Service Centers and the card will be delivered to the student's school.
In 2011, DDOT phased in the DC One Card for students attending a DCPS school and identified four Charter Schools to participate in a pilot program. DDOT is actively working with stakeholders to phase in the DC One Card for all Charter School and Private School students, so they can realize the benefits of this card currently enjoyed by DCPS students.
DOWNLOAD: Instructions for Renewal [PDF]
If you do not renew your monthly pass by the 30/31st of each previous month, then you have to take a copy of your eligibility letter to the Sales office to purchase your pass.
UPDATE: As part of a limited pilot program starting on Monday, March 4, Giant Stores in DC will allow students with a DC One Card (DCPS students) to renew their 10-trip bus pass only. Students must have at least one unused trip on their DC One Card. This pilot program will end on July 1, 2013. If this program is successful, then DDOT will extend the program for the rest of the year and notify students through their school and this website.
DOWNLOAD: Giant Food Store Pilot Program [PDF]