We can already purchase and reload Metro’s SmarTrip cards at the Van Ness CVS and Giant stores. Starting today, the Giant will offer a new service for middle and high school students.
Through July 1st, students who live in this neighborhood, or pass through on their way to and from school, can purchase ten-trip bus passes at the Van Ness Giant. Currently, the passes are available only at Metro sales offices. Our store is one of four Giants taking part in a pilot program with DDOT and Metro.
The press release is below.
DDOT and Metro Roll Out Pilot Program With Giant Stores
Pilot Allows District Students to Purchase 10-trip Bus Passes at Giant Stores Located in The District of Columbia
(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), in collaboration with Metro and Giant Stores, will give District students the ability to purchase or renew their 10-trip Metrobus pass at any Giant Food store in Washington, D.C. under a new pilot program announced today.
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. The pilot will run from March 4 through July 1, 2013.
The Giant Stores participating in the pilot are:
• Giant Food – 1050 Brentwood Road NE
• Giant Food – 1345 Park Road NW
• Giant Food – 4303 Connecticut Avenue NW
• Giant Food – 1535 Alabama Avenue SE
Students must present their DC One Card and have at least one remaining bus trip on an existing pass in order to purchase a new 10-trip bus pass. Students without an active pass on their DC One Card will not be able to purchase a new pass at the Giant store.
DDOT, WMATA and Giant Food will evaluate the program before making a decision on whether to continue or suspend the program following the pilot period.
For more information about the pilot, please visit ddot.dc.gov/schooltransitsubsidy or contact DDOT’s Transit Subsidy Program at (202) 673-1740.