Transportation 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 LevelDistance 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
KindergartenNot EligibleSchool Bus or MetroCard
School Bus or MetroCard
School Bus or MetroCard
Grade 1Not Eligible
School Bus or MetroCard
School Bus or MetroCard
School Bus or MetroCard
Grade 2Not Eligible
School Bus or MetroCard
School Bus or MetroCard
School Bus or MetroCard
Grade 3Not EligibleMetroCard onlySchool Bus or MetroCardSchool Bus or MetroCard
Grade 4Not EligibleMetroCard onlySchool Bus or MetroCardSchool Bus or MetroCard
Grade 5Not EligibleMetroCard onlySchool Bus or MetroCardSchool Bus or MetroCard
Grade 6Not EligibleMetroCard onlySchool Bus or MetroCardSchool Bus or MetroCard
Grade 7Not EligibleMetroCard onlyMetroCard onlyMetroCard only
Grade 8Not EligibleMetroCard onlyMetroCard onlyMetroCard only
Grade 9Not EligibleMetroCard onlyMetroCard onlyMetroCard only
Grade 10Not EligibleMetroCard onlyMetroCard onlyMetroCard only
Grade 11Not EligibleMetroCard onlyMetroCard onlyMetroCard only
Grade 12Not EligibleMetroCard onlyMetroCard onlyMetroCard only

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 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.

Students Enrolled Through Public School Choice

Students enrolled through Public School Choice (PSC)—formerly ‘No Child Left Behind’ or ‘NCLB’—receive yellow bus transportation if they are eligible for full fare transportation and reside within the borough of their school. Students residing within the district of the school receive a corner bus stop. 

Students residing outside the district (within the borough) receive a stop at their home address. Bus transportation for students in Public School Choice is not provided across borough lines. 

Public School Choice Students not eligible for full fare transportation may be assigned a MetroCard that is valid on both MTA subways and buses. 

Siblings of a PSC student attending the same school may be assigned the same bus stop and may use that stop until the PSC student graduates from the designated school (or enters grade 7).

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