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Transportation Eligibility

Who determines eligibility?

Eligibility is determined by the Office of Pupil Transportation.

How are the residence/school distances determined?

residence/school distances are determined by the Office of Pupil Transportation using the shortest walking rout. NOTE: Driving distances are not used to calculate eligibility.

When can K-2 student receive yellow bus service?

If a K-2 student lives a half mile or more from school, the school is in the same district as the student's residence, the school has yellow bus service and the parent of guardian requests yellow bs service, the K-2 Student shall receive yellow bus service.

Half Fare Transportation

What is Half Fare Transportation?

Students eligible for half fare transportation may be issued a Half Fare Metro Card on request.

What is a Half Fare Metro Card?

A Half Fare Metro Card allows an eligible student to travel to and from school and school - related activities on buses only.

How much does a student Pay?

The student contributes half of the cost of the fare.

How do I request a Half Fare Metro Card from your child's?

You may request a Half Fare Metro Card from your child's school.

Full Fare Transportation

Students eligible for full fare transportation may be issued a Full Fare Metro Card on request or apply for yellow bus service.

Full Fare Metro Card

Student eligible for full fare transportation may be issued a Full Fare Metro Card on request.

What is a full Fare Metro Card?

A Full Fare Metro Card allows an eligible student to travel to and from school and school-related activities by bus and subway.

How much does a student pay?

There is no charge to the student

How do I request a Full Fare Metro Card for my child?

You may request a Full Fare Metro Card from your child's school.

Yellow Bus Service

Students eligible for full fare transportation may apply for yellow bus service. Yellow bus service is a bus service provided from designated stops at designated times to and from schools receiving such service. In order to apply for yellow bus service, the following criteria must be met:

-The student's school must have yellow bus service.

-The student's grade level must be K-6.

-The student's residence must be in the same district as the school (if attending a public school) or the same borough (if attending a charter or non- public school.)

If the above criteria are met and the student applies for and is assigned yellow bus service, the student will be assigned to the stop closest other student's residence, unless another stop is selected.

How do I apply for yellow bus service for my child?

You may apply for yellow bus service for your child  through your child's school.

How do I determine whether my child's school has yellow bus service?

You may determine whether or not your child's school has yellow bus service by contacting the school. As alternative, you may contact the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) directly by dialing 311. If contacting OPT to determine if a school has yellow bus service, please have the name and address of the school ready.

What if my child's school does not have yellow bus service?

If your child's school does not have yellow bus service, you child's school may request that such service be instituted. Note that only schools may request yellow bus service for its students.

What if I find none of the stops available to my child's school are suitable?

If you find none of the stops available to your child's school are suitable, your child's school may request that a new stop be created. Only Schools may request the creation of new stops. New stops will be granted only if they can be created using existing guidelines.

Exceptions to the Department's transportation policies must be applied for in writing. If an exception is granted, it will be documented by issuance of a formal variance. To read more about the types of variances for which you can apply and to download the required forms, please click here to visit the Cariances to Student Eligibility Requirements page.