Metro has postponed the deadline for students to participate in the Kids Ride Free program, giving them until Nov. 13 to obtain a DC One card or be required to pay the regular fare before using the Metrobus or Metrorail.

Metro and D.C. officials had previously set an Oct. 2 cutoff date for all students to have a valid DC One identification card to enter and exit the transit system. Metro decided to extend the grace period to ensure all eligible students got a chance to obtain a DC One.

As of late September, about 30 percent of eligible students had an active pass loaded on a DC One card, according to Metro.

“The safety of our young riders is paramount,” Metro Chief Operating Officer Joseph Leader said in a statement. “Ensuring that every student uses their DC One card provides an important tool for safety and accountability that helps ensure our young riders have safe passage to and from school every day.”

The Kids Ride Free program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, the DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District to get to school and school-related activities. The program uses an electronic Kids Ride Free pass that must be loaded onto students’ DC One Cards.

To be eligible, students must meet be:

  • a resident of the District of Columbia
  • 5-21 years old
  • enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, private, charter or parochial school located within the District; or a Ward of D.C. through the foster care system

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