• Transition from MTA S-Pass to One Card (reminder) 

    All principals and assistant principals / Deadline: September to October 

    Eligible middle and high school students who use the MTA to travel to and from school will soon have a new, more convenient way to use the bus, subway or Light Rail this coming school year. Instead of monthly S-Passes, students will receive annual One Cards. These are about the size and shape of a credit or ATM card and are used by tapping them to the fare box on any local MTA bus or at the fare gate at a Metro subway or light rail station.

    One Cards are valid from Monday to Friday between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. except when schools are closed for holidays or teacher professional days. Each One Card provides a student with two, 120-minute trips each day. For example, if a student taps a One Card at 7:00 a.m., he or she can travel with unlimited transfers until 9:00 a.m.

    To help inform students and families about the new program, you may use this letter to families and students (also available in Spanish) or this collection of frequently asked questions.
    As in previous years, all middle and high school students can ride the MTA to and from school during the first week of school. From August 29 to September 2, middle and high school students simply need to show their City Schools ID or inform the driver that they are students.

    All eligible middle and high school students will receive S-Passes at the beginning of the school year. Schools will transition those students to One Cards during September and October, but students should continue to use S-Passes until they receive One Cards.
    If you have questions, please contact John Land at jland@bcps.k12.md.us or 410-736-9098.