Arlington Public Schools (APS) assisted the Department of Environmental Services (DES) in identifying 2,400 students. These middle and high school students live in an area not served by APS yellow school buses, attend Immersion or Montessori schools outside of their home school zone, or at the further edges of a walk-zone.
Students participating in the pilot program will receive a pre-registered iRide SmarTrip card which will automatically reload with $10 a week during the school year, through June 2023. (This subsidy does not include summer break and spring break.) These cards will give them free access to ART Bus to help them get to school.
The first 800 cards will be distributed in six APS schools, and more cards will be distributed as registration needs indicate.
This pilot will study ridership behavior and patterns of students to determine the unique needs of young passengers
As of fall 2022, all trips on ART bus are free to students with an iRide SmarTrip card. More information is available on the ART website.