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DC Announces Ride Free Program for Public School Kids

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With DC public schools set to reopen in less than two weeks, a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card will let children travel free to school, sports, and internships.  

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the cards would be delivered to schools over the coming weeks. New students will have precedence in receiving the cards.

Kids Ride Free “makes it easy and free to use the train, Metrobus, or Circulator,” Bowser said. “We want every student to benefit from this important initiative so they can have a great school year and their families can save hundreds of dollars.”

Children between the ages of 5 and 21 who reside in Washington, DC, who are “enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, public charter, private, or parochial school situated within the District” are eligible for the Kids Ride Free program.

The purple cards from the previous academic year are still valid through September 30. 

Students who misplaced their cards should ask their school ID administrator for a new one. Replacement cards will be given out on Wednesday, August 24, from 10 AM to 12 PM and from 2 to 4 PM at the DDOT offices (250 M St. SE). Students must present their student ID numbers.

Click here for more information on New Kids Ride Free SmarTrip Cards.

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