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Metro unveils new pass option for student riders

Thomas Warren, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – The District Department of Transportation, WMATA and Giant Food are launching a new program to make it easier for students to purchase passes that get them to and from school.

In a press release, Metro explains that the pilot program is designed to give students additional options for purchasing a 10-trip bus pass in areas closer to their neighborhood or school.

Four Giant Food stores are designated as centers where kids can go to either reload their bus passes or buy a new one:

  • 1050 Brentwood Rd. NE
  • 1345 Park Rd. NW
  • 4303 Connecticut Ave. NW
  • 1535 Alabama Ave. SE

In order to purchase a pass, students must have at least one trip remaining on their DC One Card.

D.C. students who have the DC One Card receive reduced fares on Metrorail and bus service as well as the Circulator when traveling to and from school.

The program will run from March 4 to July 1, 2013. Metro, DDOT and Giant will then decide whether to continue or end the program.

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