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GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser

Office of the City Administrator

September 24, 2018

The Honorable David Grosso
At-Large Councilmember
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 402
Washington, D.C. 20004

Councilmember Grosso:

Thank you for your letter dated September 24, 2018 regarding the Kids Ride Free program.
Mayor Muriel Bowser established and championed Kids Ride Free to ensure that all
students who attend public schools can ride to and from school related activities for free on
Metrobus, Metrorail, and the DC Circulator. This year, WMATA requested that students
participating in the Kids Ride Free program receive and use traditional SmartTrip cards in place
of DC One Cards to ride Metrobus, Metrorail, and the DC Circulator. I am happy to provide
you with updates on DC International School (DCI) and answers to your specific questions
below.

In regards to DCI, in School Year 2017-2018, 733 DCI students had a DC One Card and of
those, 553 students loaded the Kids Ride Free pass. For the School Year 2018-2019, as of
September 21, 448 DCI students have received a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card from
either a summer distribution event or from the 275 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip cards provided
by the District Department of Transportation to DCI. Based on DCI’s request, 125 more
Kids Ride Free SmarTrip Cards will be shipped to DCI on September 26. We continue to
emphasize to all schools that these cards are only for all students who need to use public
transportation to get to and from school activities, which depending on the school, may not
equal the total number of enrolled students.

1. How many students used DC One Cards in school year 2017-2018?
In school year 2017-2018, 58,925 students were issued a DC One Card. Of those
students, 25,697 students loaded the Kids Ride Free pass onto their DC One Cards.

2. As of September 24, how many KRF SmarTrip cards were ordered for this school year?
As of September 24, DDOT has ordered 42,000 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip cards from
WMATA for this school year.

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3. As of September 24, 2018, how many students received a KRF SmarTrip card this school
year?
As of September 24, 23,808 students received a Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card for this
school year.

4. What accounts for any discrepancy in these numbers?
To be prudent, we have ordered more Kids Ride Free SmarTrip cards (42,000) than the
total number of Kids Ride Free passes (25,697) that were loaded last school year. We
expect an increase in the program’s usage this school year due to the change in program
design.

5. What do the DDOT, DME, and CA plan to do differently to ensure that every student that
needs a KRF Card receives one before October 1, 2018?
Over the summer, we held distribution events in all eight wards and distributed 11,756
Kids Ride Free SmarTrip cards. In addition, DDOT, DCPS, the DC Public Charter
School Board, DME, and the City Administrator’s office have been in constant
communication with DC One Card administrators (who also now issue Kids Ride Free
SmarTrip cards) at each public and public charter school to ensure they issue new Kids
Ride Free SmarTrip cards to every student who requests them. We have held multiple
training webinars for the DC One Card administrators to ensure they know who to
contact should they have technical questions or if they want to order more cards.

6. What is your contingency plan if this does not work?
We will continue to work with all schools to ensure that they receive the appropriate
number of cards based on student need.

Sincerely,

Rashad M. Young
City Administrator

Cc: Mary Cheh, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment
Ahnna Smith, Interim Deputy Mayor for Education
Jeff Marootian, Director of the District Department of Transportation
Phil Mendelson, Chairman of the D.C. Council
Alana Intrieri, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs
Amanda Alexander, Interim Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools
Scott Pearson, Executive Director of the Public Charter School Board

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