Updates to the Kids Ride Free (KRF) Program

New KRF SmarTrip Cards

There will be updates to the Kids Ride Free (KRF) program this school year. These updates will make the program easier to use and more accessible.
Students who use Metrorail, Metrobus, and DC Circulator to get to school and school-related activities will need to obtain a new KRF SmarTrip card at a summer distribution event or when the next school year starts. Beginning in the 2018 -2019 school year, students will no longer use their DC One Cards to access public transportation.
  • The new SmarTrip card will provide students with free transportation on Metrobus, Metrorail, and DC Circulator to school and school-related activities.
  • Students will simply be required to tap their new KRF SmarTrip cards on all bus and rail trips.
  • The new card will be separate from students’ DC One Card and will provide students with easier and immediate access to Metrobus, Metrorail, and DC Circulator.
To avoid an interruption in students’ ability to use the Metro or DC Circulator, current KRF activated DC One Cards can be tapped to ride through September 30, 2018.
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