Washington, D.C. Kids Ride Free Program
The Kids Ride Free program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District of Columbia to get to school and school-related activities.
To be eligible, students must be a resident of the District of Columbia between ages 5 and 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 program is getting smarter, easier to use and more accessible.
Students who use Metrorail, Metrobus, and DC Circulator to get to school and school-related activities need to obtain a Kids Ride Free Program SmarTrip® card at a summer distribution event or when the next school year starts. Beginning October 1, 2018, students will no longer be able to use their DC One Cards to access public transportation.
The new card is separate from students' DC One Card and will provide students with free transportation to school and school-related activities. The new SmarTrip® card will provide students with free and immediate access to travel on Metrobus, Metrorail, and DC Circulator. Students will simply be required to tap their new SmarTrip® cards on all bus and rail trips.
Please contact the District Department of Transportation School Transit Office at (202) 673-1740 or visit