Students attending the School Without Walls, a small public magnet high school located on the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C., get to use DC One smart cards to ride the metro to and from school. The school is the first in the district utilizing the contactless fare card.
Some say the new system will help cut crime. Theoretically, with the ID cards, Metro could suspend the passes of misbehaving teens. Still, city officials insist the goal of the ID cards is not for discipline. Some Metro leaders say any kind of structure and order when it comes to young people on Metro is a good idea.
The cards can be limited for use during school hours only. The teens could still ride Metro, but they would just have to pay extra. Also, if a student drops out of school, the card could be shut off because it’s no longer being used for an educational purpose, said a D.C. Department of Transportation spokesperson.
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