Bus Eligibility

General Education Transportation

General education transportation eligibility is based on a student’s grade level and the walking distance between home and school. Based on a distance calculation, students eligible for full fare transportation may receive either stop to school transportation or a Student MetroCard. 

Grade Level Distance Code A: 
Less than 0.5 mile
Distance Code B: 
0.5 mile or more, but less than 1 mile
Distance Code C: 
1 mile or more, but less than 1.5 miles
Distance Code D: 
1.5 miles or more
Kindergarten Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 1 Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 2 Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 3 Not Eligible Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 4 Not Eligible Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 5 Not Eligible Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 6 Not Eligible Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 7 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare
Grade 8 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare
Grade 9 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare
Grade 10 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare
Grade 11 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare
Grade 12 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare

 

Stop-to-School Yellow Bus Service

A student is eligible for stop-to-school yellow bus service if:

  • The student is in grades K-6
  • The student lives in the same district as the school, (or the same borough for non-public, charter, or citywide gifted and talented schools)
  • There is already yellow bus service at the school
  • A current stop exists that can serve the student or a new stop can be created.

Student MetroCards

A Student MetroCard is issued upon request if:

  • yellow bus service is not available or,
  • if a new stop cannot be added for the student.

Exceptions to Transportation Eligibility

Sometimes we make an exception for a student who would not ordinarily be eligible.

You can learn more about what qualifies as an exception, and find forms to formally request one, at our exceptions web page:

Students who are not living at home can find out how to connect with an expert on our Students in Temporary Housing page:

Specialized Transportation

Students who receive special education services may receive other transportation services. Visit the Specialized Transportation page below for more information.

Pre-K or Early Intervention Options

Children who are in special education, pre-K, or early intervention programs are eligible for curb-to-curb yellow bus service if their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) recommends special transportation. Because pre-K bus vendors work very closely with parents, we urge you to provide your vendor with your emergency contact information.

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