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D.C. One Card changes to aid students using transit

The District is making changes to its D.C. One Card that will make it easier for students to use discounted fare cards to ride Metro’s buses and trains, city officials said.

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade will be able to enroll for farecards online, renew their passes at any Metro station, and recover lost passes, according to city officials. Previously, students had to get an application from their school, take it to a division of the District’s Department of Transportation, and then go to a Metro sales office.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said in a statement that the changes are “designed to make the program easier to use and to reduce the amount of leg work and time it takes to get a transit pass.”

The D.C. One Card already gives students access to D.C. government programs, facilities, recreation centers and libraries. The easier-to-use card process will be rolled out to D.C. schools this fall in phases. This spring, the new process was tested in a pilot program at the School Without Walls.

The new process was designed with the District Department of Transportation, the city’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the transit agency.

For more information on the program’s rollout, visit

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.
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