2017-18 Transportation Service Levels and Fees

May. 15, 2017

Click here to find your child’s 2017-18 yellow school bus route map.


For the past two years, the CBE has been working towards developing a long-term, sustainable transportation system. We are making a number of scheduled changes for the 2017-18 school year that will eliminate the need to subsidize the costs of transportation from the larger CBE budget. We will continue to ensure the delivery of safe and efficient transportation for students.

Pre-Registration Ongoing

The transportation pre-registration period to be included in fall route planning took place from Tuesday, May 23 to Sunday, June 11.

Transportation pre-registrations can be completed using My CBE Account. Any registrations received after June 11 will not be considered until route changes are done after Thanksgiving. The more registrations we receive by the deadline, the more efficient route planning will be for September.

2017-18 Transportation Service Levels

For the majority of students attending a Regular Program at their designated school, transportation service levels will remain similar to what was provided this year. The CBE will continue to work within current guidelines, where feasible, to provide yellow school bus transportation. This means that elementary students will access a stop within 1.6 km of their homes and middle school/junior high students will access a stop within 1.8 km of their homes. The majority of students will access a bus stop that is approximately 500 m from their homes.

Starting in September 2017 the majority of students in Alternative Programs will access yellow school bus service within a congregated stop model. Despite the change, we anticipate the majority of students in larger alternative programs (French Immersion, Spanish Bilingual and Traditional Learning Centres) will have a stop within 1 km from home because of the higher density of student population within a community accessing these schools and programs. The longest distances to a yellow bus stop will be for students travelling across the city to a program at a single site. These students may have bus stops located beyond the travel distance guidelines.

Mid-day kindergarten service will be maintained for all programs.

2017-18 Transportation Fees

Through Bill 1, the government has eliminated or reduced transportation fees for students who live 2.4 km or more away from their designated Regular Program school. Students requiring complex learning needs transportation or attending a special setting will also be exempt from transportation fees.

Fee payments (if applicable) are not required until October 2017. Families can cancel their transportation pre-registration by October 31, 2017 with no financial penalty.

Grade 6-12 students residing more than 2.4 km from their designated school attending a Regular Program and assigned to Calgary Transit will be responsible for purchasing monthly bus passes. The CBE will rebate families $549, meaning they will pay $151/year. More details about the rebate program will be announced before the end of the school year.

All other Regular and Alternative Program riders assigned to yellow school buses will be charged $335/year. This is the same fee as 2016-17. Those assigned to Calgary Transit will pay $700/year ($70/month).

Walk zone and transportation eligibility maps are posted on school profile pages.

Note | CBE transportation service levels and fees are subject to Ministerial approval.

Information Sessions

​Information sessions were held May 24, 2017 at Queen Elizabeth High School and May 25, 2017 at Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School. The following information was presented at the sessions: