General Education Transportation

According to Chancellor's Regulation A-801, transportation eligibility for children who are not mandated for specialized transportation because of their IEP (Individualized Education Program), is determined on the basis of the student's grade level and the distance between the student's residence and school.

The table below shows how student eligibility is determined.

  • Kindergarten:
  • 1st Grade:
  • 2nd Grade:
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  • 3rd Grade:
  • 4th Grade:
  • 5th Grade:
  • 6th Grade:
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  • 7th Grade:
  • 8th Grade:
  • 9th Grade:
  • 10th Grade:
  • 11th Grade:
  • 12th Grade:

Guide: Information for Parents & families (GE Transportation)






What is Half-Fare, Full-Fare and School Bus?

 
 

Half-Fare (MetroCard)

Students determined half fare eligible live close enough to school to walk, but may request a half fare student MetroCard through their school’s transportation coordinator. Half fare MetroCards are provided as a courtesy by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and are valid for use on MTA buses only, and the student is responsible for paying half the current fare each way.

More Information About Student MetroCards

 

Full Fare Eligible by Grade and Distance

Assigned Yellow Bus Stop

  1. Grade K-6;
  2. 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);
  3. Student's school must have a yellow bus service available for all eligible students;
  4. A bus stop within the student’s grade/distance eligibility exists or can be added to accommodate the student.

OR

Provided MetroCard

  1. Grades K-12;
  2. Issued upon request if yellow bus service is not available or if a new stop cannot be added for the student;
  3. MetroCards are distributed to all students in grades 7-12;
  4. Distributed by a school's transportation coordinator.
 

Full-Fare (MetroCard)

Any student who is eligible for full fare transportation may be issued a full fare student MetroCard upon request or if yellow bus transportation is not available for that student. MetroCards are typically used by students in grade 7 and above and also distributed to students for whom yellow bus service is not available. Student MetroCards are issued by the school’s transportation coordinator, based on eligibility.

 

 

Stop to School Transportation (Yellow Bus)

Students using this type of transportation are assigned to a safe predetermined bus stop at an intersection by school staff. Students use the same stop both in the morning and the afternoon. Bus route information includes pick up and drop off times: students must be at the stop when the bus arrives. Based on enrollment, schools may have multiple stops and routes to serve their students.

In order for a student to receive yellow bus service, each of the following criteria must be met:

  1. The student must be eligible for full fare transportation;
  2. The student must be in grades K-6
  3. 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).
  4. The student's school must have yellow bus service available for all eligible students
  5. A bus stop within the student’s grade/distance eligibility exists or can be added to accommodate the student.

If each of the above criteria is met, students pre-registered for school opening will be assigned a bus stop. Parents of late-registering students may request yellow bus service at their school. School staff will check eligibility and assign the student to a stop or request a new stop through OPT.

F.A.Q.'s - Frequently Asked Questions

When should I call OPT?

Parents and school staff are encouraged to use OPT Customer Service number (718)392-8855 to report any service issues. When calling it would be helpful to have the students ID# and the respective Route#.

Reasons to contact OPT include:

  • Bus has not yet arrived at bus stop or residence
  • Bus arrived late at school past the start of the school day
  • Bus is not on time for afternoon pick-up
  • Child has not arrived home or is arriving home much later than usual
  • Reports about possible driver/attendant misconduct issues

OPT Customer Service agents will provide information and will record details of the service issue for follow up and resolution by other OPT teams.