Commute Savings Ahead

Get to work, appointments, school, and more without breaking the bank.

WHAT

The District offers a variety of low cost and discounted programs that provide affordable access to transportation options.

WHY

These programs were created in an effort to help low-income and underserved communities gain access to efficient and reliable transportation.

WHO

Those considered low-income, disabled, or already receiving federal/state benefits may qualify. Eligibility varies by program.

Affordable Transportation Options

CAPITAL BIKESHARE FOR ALL

Capital Bikeshare offers affordable, accessible, and fun transportation options for everyone, regardless of income. 

• $5 Annual Membership
• Bikes available 24/7
• Unlimited 60 min rides
• No extra fees for eBikes

To qualify for a Capital Bikeshare for All membership, you must:

• Live in Washington, DC
• Be 18 years or older
• Qualify for a state or federal assistance program such as SNAP, TANF, WIC, SSI/SSDI, LIHEAP, Medicaid, etc. 

Ready to sign up? Choose one of the sign-up options below. 

OPTION 1: Sign Up Online

Register here and Capital Bikeshare will be in touch shortly to confirm you’ve been approved.

OPTION 2: In-Person 

Sign up through a Community Partner. Members/users of any community partner organization can sign up for a membership in person. Browse Community Partners.

 

SCOOTERS

Each scooter company in DC offers a Low-Income Customer Plan to make the system accessible to residents, regardless of income. If you qualify, you can receive: 

• Free unlimited 30-minute scooter trips

To qualify, you must be one of the following:

• A single person making less than $24,980/year
• Part of a family of four or more that makes less than $51,500 combined; only count money made by those in the household that are 18+

You must sign up individually with each scooter provider. Each company’s sign up procedures are listed below. 

Bird Access
Skip/Helbiz Accessibility Program
Lime/Jump Access
Lyft Low Income Customer Plan
Razor Affordability Program
Spin Access

REVEL ACCESS

Revel offers a low-income access program and military discount to help individuals get around the District affordably. 


REVEL ACCESS:

• 50% discount on all rides

MILITARY DISCOUNT:

• 40% discount on all rides

Browse the qualifications for each discount program below to see if you qualify.


REVEL ACCESS:

To qualify for a Revel Access discount, you must:

Participate in local, state, or federal assistance programs such as SNAP, TANF, WIC, SSI/SSDI, LIHEAP, Medicaid, etc. 


MILITARY DISCOUNT:

To qualify for a Revel military discount, you must be a/an:

•  Active Duty member
•  Reservist
•  National Guard member
•  Veteran and/or Retiree of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and/or Coast Guard

Follow the steps below to sign up for the Revel Access program or the military discount. 

Step 1: Register for a Revel account through the app. Download app
Step 2: Fill out this form.

LYFT UP

Lyft offers free car rides, through their Lyft Up program, to those struggling with employment to give them a fairer chance at success.

• Free rides to and from a job training program
• Free rides to and from interviews
• Free rides to and from your new job for the first three weeks

To qualify for Lyft Up, you must:

• Be unemployed
Or be previously unemployed and starting a new job

Ready to sign up and get free rides to interviews, job training, and more? 

Step 1: Fill out the Lyft Up Form.
Step 2: Wait for Lyft’s response. Lyft will typically reach out within a week to confirm eligibility.

COMMUTER CONNECTIONS CARPOOL DATABASE

Commuter Connection’s region-wide database allows commuters to find carpool matches to get to work easier and affordably.

• Gain access to Commuter Connection’s FREE database of 17,000 commuters in the DC area.
• Use their ridematching database to find a carpool that fits your needs. 

The following qualify for Commuter Connections ridematching database:

• All DC, MD, and VA residents are eligible. 

Ready to sign up and find a carpool? Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Sign up for a commuter connections account.
Step 2: Download the app for easy access.  APPLE | ANDROID

METRO

WMATA offers reduced fares to those that qualify on Metrorail and Metrobus to help individuals get around the District affordably. 

 

REDUCED FARES FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

• 50% off-peak fare on Metrorail
• 50% off-peak fare on Metrobus

KIDS RIDE FREE

Unlimited free rides on Metrobus, Metrorail, and DC Circulator for DC K-12 students.

 

Browse the qualifications for each discount program below to see if you qualify.

 

REDUCED FARES FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

To qualify, you must meet one of the requirements below:

• Senior citizen age 65 and older
Disabled veteran
Under the age of 65 with disabilities (which are medically certified by a health care provider)
Under the age of 65 with Medicare (not Medicaid)

KIDS RIDE FREE

To qualify, you must meet all three requirements below.

• A resident of the District of Columbia, and
• Age 5 through 21, and
• Enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, charter, private or parochial school located within the District, or a ward of DC through the foster care system.

Learn how to sign up for each discount program below. 

 

REDUCED FARES FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Senior Citizens: Purchase a Senior SmarTrip® card by showing a photo ID at any Metro Sales office, commuter store, or other select retail outlets.

People with Disabilities: Fill out the reduced fare application. Mail the application and a copy of your photo ID to the Transit Accessibility Center – 600 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, or email them to eligibility@wmata.com. Medicare recipients do not need to fill out Part B of the application but need to include a copy of their Medicare ID card and photo ID. 

Disabled Veterans: Mail the required items below to the Transit Accessibility Center – 600 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, or email them to eligibility@wmata.com.

Veterans with: 

A disability rating under 60%, copy of your photo ID and the completed reduced fare application.
 
A 60% or greater disability rating, copy of your photo ID, copy of your letter of disability notification issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Part A of the reduced fare application.
A
 100% disability rating, copy of your photo ID, copy of your DD Form 2765 Department of Defense Uniformed Services ID card, and Part A of the reduced fare application.

Need help? Call the Transit Accessibility Center at 202-962-2700 and select option 1.

KIDS RIDE FREE

Contact your child’s school to get a Kids Ride Free card. 

CIRCULATOR

DC Circulator fares are priced to allow easy and affordable access to their buses. 

 

GENERAL FARE

• All individuals can ride Circulator for $1.

KIDS RIDE FREE

Unlimited free rides on Metrobus, Metrorail, and DC Circulator for DC K-12 students.

Browse the qualifications for each program below to see if you qualify.

 

$1 CIRCULATOR RIDES

• All individuals qualify for $1 Circulator rides.

KIDS RIDE FREE

To qualify, you must meet all three requirements below.

• A resident of the District of Columbia, and
• Age 5 through 21, and
• Enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, charter, private or parochial school located within the District, or a ward of DC through the foster care system.

 

Learn how to sign up for the discounts below.

 

$1 CIRCULATOR RIDES

No need to sign up, Circulator is automatically $1 per trip for all.

KIDS RIDE FREE

Contact your child’s school to get a Kids Ride Free card. 

Learn More About Getting Around The District

Plan a trip with our interactive map

PLAN A TRIP

 

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