C40 MetroBus Transportation and DC One Information
Watkins-Peabody Shuttle Bus Information
Metro and the Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA are pleased to provide a safe and reliable shuttle between the Peabody and Watkins campuses of the Cluster School before and after school. Shuttle bus information form and REGISTRATION FORM (which is required to ride the bus) can be downloaded here: 2013-14 Bus Information and Enrollment Form (pdf)>>
Download the WMATA C40 Timetable here. The Peabody-Watkins Shuttle is an official Metro route (“C40″ Capitol Hill Cluster Line), made possible through the efforts of the CHCS PTA. The stop at Watkins is #1003600 and at Peabody it is #1003597.
- Peabody bus for grades 1-2 departs at 8:20 a.m. arriving at Watkins at about 8:30 a.m. Bus for grades 3-5 departs at 8:30 a.m. arriving at Watkins at about 8:40 a.m.
- Watkins bus departs at 8:30 a.m. arriving at Peabody at about 8:40 a.m.
- Peabody bus leaves at 3:15 p.m. arriving at Watkins at about 3:25 p.m.
- Watkins buses for grades 1-2 and 3-5 depart at 3:25 p.m. arriving at Peabody at about 3:35 p.m.
Buses will follow the DCPS school schedule, including half days, early dismissals, and late start times. Please note that these schedules are approximate, and service can be delayed due to traffic, bus operation, and particularly inclement weather.
No child will be permitted to ride the bus without a signed permission slip. All bus riders, monitors, and parents/caregivers must follow the Capitol Hill Cluster School Code of Conduct at all times before and during bus rides. In the mornings, parents or caregivers must remain with their children until they have boarded the bus or been advised otherwise by the monitor. In the afternoons, parents/caregivers must meet their children at the bus. If your child misses the bus, he/she should report directly to the main office for assistance. On the bus, children must remain seated and follow the instructions of the bus monitor at all times; no eating, drinking, standing, yelling, or interfering with other riders’ safety is allowed. Failure to comply with these rules could result in the removal of your child from the bus, either temporarily or permanently. Such determinations are up to the sole discretion of the PTA.
Registration Fee: Each student who rides the shuttle must register and pay an annual fee of $200 for full-time riders (6 or more rides/week), $100 for part-time riders (3 to 5 rides/week), or $35 for occasional riders (2 or less rides per week) and for children who qualify for free or assisted lunch and children of DCPS teachers and staff. The PTA uses this fee to pay the adult bus monitors that supervise the children on every bus ride. Payment is due at registration; checks should be made payable to CHCS PTA.
Daily Metro Fare: Beginning this fall, all D.C. students will be able to ride Metro buses for free. The “Ride Free on Bus” program will allow District school students to use Metrobus without charge Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the regular school year. For this new program, DDOT and the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) are requiring D.C. Public School students to use their DC One Card. For more information on this new program and on the DC One Card, please visit: http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/
Each campus will have picture-taking days for DC ONE cards in August. Please listen for phone calls or watch for emails from the administration.
Registration & Payment
Registration and payment are critical to the success of the shuttle program. Registration is required for safety and security reasons. Your payment goes directly to paying for the shuttle monitors, without whom the shuttle program could not function. Please complete the registration form above and submit payment immediately to the PTA box in the office at either Peabody or Watkins.
PTA Shuttle Coordinator
School Transportation Subsidy Program (STSP) and DC One Cards
DDOT School Transit Subsidy Program – District of Columbia Public Schools
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) provides qualified middle and high school students with a subsidized transit pass or fare media for use on MetroRail and Metrobus. District of Columbia Public School students must use their DC-One Card to access the transit subsidy. If a student does not have a DC-One Card, contact your school administrator or visit one of the DC One Card centers at Judiciary Square, Deanwood Library, and the Wilson Aquatic Center.
D.C. Transit Subsidy Program Fare Products
- Monthly Pass $30 per month for travel within the District
- 10 Trip Rail Pass $9.50 for travel within the District
- MetroBus Tokens – 10 tokens for $7.50 for travel within the District
1. Be less than 19 years of age except in the case of children with disabilities to whom reduced fares shall be available for those students until 22 years of age;
2. Be enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, private, charter or parochial school located within the
3. Need to use Metrobus and/or Metrorail for travel to and from school and to and from related educational activities in the District.
4. Be a resident of the District.
Students must print out a new Academic Year 2012 Transit Subsidy Eligibility Letter and visit a Metro Sales Office with their letter and DC One Card in order to access the subsidy.
Once this process is complete, the transit subsidy will be applied to their DC-One Card and activated for use on the first day of the following month. For example, if a student purchases a pass on August 18th, then a monthly pass will be applied to their DC-One Card for use on September lst.
Renewal Process for Monthly Subsidy Pass
From the 16th to the end of every month, students may renew their monthly passes at any Metrorail station Passes and Farecards machine. If this is done before the end of the month, students will retain access automatically beginning on the 1st day of the following month and will not have to visit a Metro Sales Office.
If they wait until after the lst of the next month, they will have to print out their eligibility letter again and visit a Metro Sales Office again to renew their pass.
Process for Purchasing Trip Based Passes
At this time, students who purchase 10-trip bus or 10-trip rail passes must visit one of the four Metro Sales Offices in the District with an eligibility letter, and may purchase up to two (2) of each of these passes at any one time. If a student already has one trip on the card, then they do not have to show an eligibility letter to purchase another 10 trip pass at one of the four Metro Sales Offices (Metro Center, Metro Headquarters, 4615 14th Street, NW, and Anacostia Metro Station).
For more information about the School Transit Subsidy Program, please call 202-673-1740 or visit: ddot.dc.gov/schooltransitsubsidy.
DC One Card Registration
Students must enroll in the student transit program through the Website located at http://dconecard.dc.gov/ to manage and purchase their passes on the DC One Card going forward into the future. Students will access the program themselves through the DC One Card Website.
The Cluster offers several days (in the past, August and early in the school year) in order for students to register and have their photo taken for a DC One card. For students who do not receive a DC One Card directly through their school as is the case with some K-5 and education campuses, these students must obtain a DC One Card at a DC One Card Center, in order to continue to be able to use the subsidy program. Information on obtaining a DC One Card can be found at http://dconecard.dc.gov and then clicking on “Get a DC One Card.” Note that a DC One Card can be registered as a Library card, use in DC Recreation Centers. You can also register the DC One Card as a SmarTrip card through the WMATA website (that way if it gets lost, you will not lose the value).
Once you have your DC One Card, you can manage it through the DC One Website>>.
More about SmarTrip enabled DC One Cards (from dc.gov website):
Using your SmarTrip®-enabled DC One Card is easy and fast! Instead of inserting a farecard through the Metrorail faregate slot, you simply touch the SmarTrip® DC One Card to the circular target panels on top of or inside station faregates. Likewise, you can tap the SmarTrip® farebox on Metrobus to pay your fare with SmarTrip. For more information, see the SmarTrip® on Metrobus.
Your SmarTrip®-enabled DC One Card is issued with a $0 balance, but, you may add up to $300 in Metro value on a SmarTrip® DC One Card, so it can last a long time between charging. See adding value to your SmarTrip® DC One Card to learn how to add funds to your DC One Card.
If you lose a registered card, you don’t lose the value. Get a replacement DC One Card from the issuing agency (may require a fee) or purchase a SmarTrip® card from any Metro outlet. Call (202) 671-CARD (2273) if you have questions about how to receive a replacement DC One Card. Once you have your new card, you can call the SmarTrip® Regional Customer Service Center at 1 (888) 762-7874 to have your DC One Card updated with the value on the card at the time you reported it lost.