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How do we help kids get to school safely?

Lead Agency 

Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV)

Director:

Melinda Bolling

Fiscal Year(s) Funded

FY22 - Present

Status 

Ongoing

Contact 

Sinjoyla Townsend

Sinjoyla.Townsend@dc.gov

For More Info

DC SchoolConnect

Program Summary 

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles operates DC SchoolConnect, a transportation service for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools in designated Safe Passage Zones in Wards 7 and 8. This program allows schools to select shared locations as designated pickup and drop-off locations.

How does it help? 

Having safe transportation to and from school helps more kids attend school and worry less while they are in school. DC SchoolConnect vehicles pick up students close to home and drop them off in front of their schools. The program reduces the need for students to take long trips through areas of potential violence.

How much is invested?

For the fiscal year 2023, $6.1 million is invested in DC SchoolConnect for personnel, vehicles, and other operations-related costs.

Who uses this program?

The program opens enrollment to middle and high school students from select DCPS and public charter schools in Wards 7 and 8.

Data
  • DCSC provided 29,554 trips in School Year SY21-22 

  • As of 1/13/23, DCSC provided 23,065 trips in SY22-23  

  • There are an average of 260 kids transported daily, and approximately 320 students remain on a waitlist.

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