Transportation News

Transportation welcomes you back to the 2015-2016 school year! 

Over 300 buses and 500 staff will begin transporting 39,000 students to over 153 schools, traveling 19,000 miles per day.  Our goal is to ensure student safety is our priority.  During the first weeks of school we realize that many students are new to schools and buses, therefore you may see slight delays as our bus staff ensures that each student has loaded the correct bus and been dropped off at the correct stop at the end of the day.  We ask for your patience and support as we work hard to navigate the roads of Denver.

Below we have provided you some tips to help you navigate transportation information.

Bus Route Information

Bus route information was mailed home to families’ July 24th.  If you have not received bus route information, there may be several reasons why:

  • If you recently moved and address information has not been updated with your school
  • If you choiced into a new school, your student may no longer be eligible for transportation
  • If you were a transportation exception student in 2014-2015 the bus may no longer be available or there may no longer be room on the bus.
  • If you have not enrolled your student in a school bus information is not available

Have no FEAR, transportation information is near! 

You can use these methods to check bus route eligibility and bus stop information any time:

  • Infinite Campus
  • Contact your school or enrollment office
  • Transportation website has schedules for Success Express, click here
  • Transportation office due to volume of calls you may experience a wait time.  Families are encouraged to contact your school now to avoid delays with receiving transportation.

Exception Forms
Transportation Exception Forms for the 2015-16 school year are now available online, click here. If your student was granted an exception to ride the bus last school year, you do not need to complete the transportation exception form again each year if your student remains at the same school, they use the same bus stop, and a bus stop that still exists.

+Pass
Every student who is eligible to ride the bus will be required to have a +Pass. Please help us remind your student to store his or her +Pass in a safe place over the summer so he or she will have it for next year. +Pass enhances customer service as Transportation and school officials can provide real-time answers and feedback regarding when and where a student gets off the bus. To request a +Pass for your student please contact your school secretary.

What’s NEW

  • Success Express: Bus schedules have been modified due to bell time changes at schools. Parents and students are encouraged to review the schedule. Additional schedules can be found at your school or click here
  •  Northfield HS:DPS Transportation Services has modified its services to support high school students in the EPHS community for 2015-2016 or until RTD bus services become available. For more information: NFHS Transportation Letter:  English, Español
  • Stapleton Transportation Zone : Bus schedules have been mailed home. Stops times may have adjusted.
  •  New Southwest and West Transportation Zones: Beginning the 2015-16 school year, Transportation will implement a Cluster Busing system that allows a bus to service multiple riders from multiple schools. There will be stops for each school within the West Enrollment Zone and within the Southwest Enrollment Zone. Each zone will operate independent of one another. For more information, click here.
  •  New Southeast Transportation Zone: Beginning the 2015-16 school year, elementary school students that reside in the Southeast region that currently attend Samuels, Holm or Joe Shoemaker, now have the opportunity to attend any of the three schools and receive transportation. For more information, click here.   

Route Assignments

Transportation assigns students to ride specific buses according to district guidelines and within specific load limits.

  • Students living within their school’s walk zone (1.0 miles for elementary, 2.5 for middle and 3.5 for High school) are not allowed to ride a bus unless it is an unsafe walking environment (for example, a multi-lane highway without a crossing).
  • Students who are assigned outside their geographical area due to a choice request are not guaranteed transportation. No transport/walk Zone families based on these factors, no transport/walk zone boundaries are established.  Some schools do not have these zones.  For other schools, the boundaries can change based on infrastructure improvements, such as the addition of a sidewalk or the placement of a crossing guard.  If your student resides in the no transport / walk zone, the parent or guardian is responsible for providing transportation to and from school. Bus stops are established at safe locations. The recommended walking distances are up to one mile for elementary students, and two and one half a mile for middle and high students. Express bus stops will exceed these recommended distances. Stops are usually placed on corners or at schools unless safety hazards exist. Buses are routed on state-maintained roads only and are generally prohibited from traveling into cul-de-sacs. As per department guidelines safety criteria for stops include:

Stop Placement

  • In accordance with district policy DPS does not automatically provide school bus transportation to families that reside within 1.0 miles of the school their student is attending. School Board Policy directs the Transportation Department to evaluate whether to provide transportation within the specified walk based on walkability.
  •  Adequate lighting
  • Safe pathway to the bus stop
  • Space for multiple students to wait
  • Approaching motorists view of the bus stop
  • Street traffic patterns, volume and speed
  • Available space for bus to safely stop or turn around. Pick-up and drop-off

Guidelines

  •  In the mornings, students should be ready for the bus at least 10 minutes before the bus is expected to arrive.
  • In the afternoon, drivers will discharge pre-K, kindergarten, through 12th grade. Parents are encouraged to have a adult or sibling available to receive students.
  •  Drop-off times in the afternoon could vary depending on whether or not other students assigned to ride that vehicle may be absent that day. If no one is present to receive Pre-K and Kindergarten, the child will be returned to the school or district office.
  • Items carried on the bus should fit on the student’s lap. Band instruments, projects, or other objects cannot take up seating space or block the aisle.
  • Students may get on and off only at their assigned stops. They are encouraged not to ride home with friends.
  • For students needing assistance, it is your responsibility to help your child from your residence to the vehicle or from the vehicle to your residence.

 

DPS Transportation Services Honors Beloved Intern & DPS Graduate

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DPS Fuel Card

The Denver Public Schools has implemented a Fuel Card program. The Fuel Card is issued for the purpose of allowing individuals to obtain fuel for DPS vehicles and equipment. This section contains the Fuel Card Policies and Procedures for obtaining and using a DPS fuel card. CLICK HERE

Questions/Concerns? Email transportation@dpsk12.org