Now that summer is over, the 2017 MyLink teen summer bus pass program has ended. Look for information on the 2018 program in the spring!
No car? No problem with your 2017 MyLink pass!
The MyLink teen summer bus pass is back for 2017! Where will you go?
With MyLink, those ages 13-19 get unlimited local rides for three months on all OmniLink and Cross County Connector
buses for a one-time cost of $30 if you already have a SmarTrip card. If you don't already have a SmarTrip card, there's an additional $2 fee to purchase one.
This year, passes are valid for unlimited local rides between May 30 and September 2, 2017 - that's 3 full months!
When boarding the bus, teens simply
tap their SmarTrip card to the fare box and find a seat. It's that simple! Check out the Places of Interest page
to see some popular destinations on the local bus routes.
Want to travel outside the local area? Just pay the difference between the local and commuter bus fare! You'll be able to travel to Washington, D.C., nearby Metro stations and more! Popular destinations on our commuter bus routes are listed on this Places of Interest page.
Buy your MyLink teen pass between May 22 and July 31, 2017 at
Mondays - Fridays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Learn the Basics with a Group Presentation
Want to learn the basics about riding the bus? PRTC personnel will be happy to speak to groups at local middle and high schools, the PRTC Transit Center, or wherever it's convenient for you! If you have a group of people who want to schedule a presentation, or if you have questions about group presentations,
send an email to Youth@OmniRide.com or call 703-583-7782.
How to Purchase a MyLink Pass
MyLink is easy to buy and will make it convenient and fun to get around this summer! Just visit the PRTC Transit Center and bring proof that you’re a teen. Your MyLink pass will be loaded onto a SmarTrip® card for you, and you'll get unlimited local bus rides all summer long for one price! Already have a SmarTrip® card? Bring your card when buying your pass and save the $2 card purchase fee. And be sure to register your card at SmarTrip.com! That way if it’s ever lost or stolen, the value can be transferred just by purchasing a new card for $2.
How to Use a MyLink Pass
When boarding a PRTC bus, tap your SmarTrip® card to the farebox. The farebox will recognize your MyLink pass and won’t charge you for local trips. (OmniLink off-route trip surcharges still apply.) Then take a seat and you’re on your way!
If you’re planning to travel outside the local area, you’ll need to load additional money on the card to pay the difference between the local bus fare and the commuter bus fare. You can add value to your card online at SmarTrip.com, on the bus (cash only), at PRTC, at Metro stations, or at select SmarTrip® sales locations. Learn more at SmarTrip.com.
How to Catch a Ride
Stand at the bus stop closest to you. When the bus arrives, check the sign above the window to make sure it’s the bus you want to ride. Still not sure? Just ask the friendly bus operator.
While on the bus, pay attention to where you are. When your bus stop is about one block away, pull the cord above the window to let the operator know that you want to be let off at the next stop.
How to Read the Bus Schedule
The route map at the top of the SAMPLE schedule to the right shows where the bus makes stops along the route. Bus stops are shown either as a simple black dot or a numbered timepoint that matches up with the timetable below the map.
To plan your trip:
Look at the headings above the timetable to find the bus stop that’s closest to you.
When you find the bus stop you want to use, follow that column down to see what time the bus will arrive.
If there’s no time listed for the bus stop you plan to use, select the numbered bus stop before yours as a guide.
Plan to arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes earlier than the listed time.
Need More Information?
Our helpful Customer Service staff is available to answer your questions Monday - Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.