Kids Ride Free

five teens holding Youth Cruiser SmarTrip cards

Current Program

Through June 30, 2019, free rides are available Monday through Friday, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM on all Ride On buses.

Within the County, these Metrobus routes are included:
C2, C4, C8, D5, F4, J1, J2, J3, J4, K6, K9, L8, Q2, Q4, Q6, T2, Y2, Y7, Y8, Z2, Z6, Z7, Z8, Z11

NEW: Kids Ride Free expands

Effective July 1, all Montgomery County youth ages 18 and under ride FREE all the time on Ride On buses.

  • Children under 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • All children ride at the discretion of their parents or guardians.

How to ride free on Ride On buses

for Montgomery County residents ages 5 to 18 (older if still in high school)

  • Get a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® Card.
    There is no cost for new cards after June 15th; old cards are still valid and should be used.
  • "Flash" your card to bus operators.
    Card tapping at the fare box will begin at a later date.

In Summer 2019, you must show the bus operator either

Effective October 1, 2019, all student riders must use the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® Card for free rides.

July 1 through September 30, 2019 is the transition period for all Youth riders to obtain and use the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® Card.


Additional information will be provided when Metrobuses are enabled for this 24 x 7 service.

Lose an item on a Ride On bus? Contact our Lost & Found.