Metrobus to be free for D.C. students this fall

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Students in the District of Columbia will be able to ride Metrobuses citywide for free starting this fall, the Washington Post says.

The D.C. Council made the decision earlier this week while trying to decide what to do with $50 million in new revenue. $3.1 million of that will be entered into a subsidy covering bus rides for all students in the District.

Nearly $800,000 more will be used to expand an existing Metro subsidy that helps D.C. residents between the ages of 18 and 21 who still attend a city high school.

The rest of the money will go towards other programs, including adult literacy, school technology, school mental health services and early childhood education, the Post says.

Previously, D.C. students could purchase a SmartStudent Pass for $30 per month, which allowed them to take unlimited trips on both Metrobus and rail.