Busing & Transportation

Busing & Transportation Calgary Transit

Calgary Transit

COVID-19 Information

Students accessing Calgary Transit must follow the curre​nt guidelines for COVID-19.

Eligibility​

All high school students in regular and alternative programs are assigned to Calgary Transit.

Additionally, the following students are assigned to Calgary Transit.

School

Grades

Program

Communities Designated to Use Calgary Transit

A.E. Cross

7-9

All

All

Annie Gale

7-9

All

Coral Springs

Annie Gale

6-9

Traditional Learning Centre

Coral Springs, Taradale

Bishop Pinkham

7-9

All

North Glenmore, Discovery Ridge

Bob Edwards

6-9

French Immersion

All (except Cityscape)

Branton

6-9

All

All

Captain Nichola Goddard

6-9

Regular

All

Colonel Macleod

6-9

Regular

Vista Heights, Mayland Heights

Dr. Gladys McKelvie Egbert

6-9

Regular

Applewood Park

Dr. Gordon Higgins

7-9

Regular

Temple

Ernest Morrow

6-9

All

All

F.E.Osborne

6-9

All

All

Georges P. Vanier

6-9

All

All

Harold Panabaker

7-9

All

South of Glenmore Trail between 14 St & Macleod Trail (except Silverado), Woodlands

H.D. Cartwright

7-9

All

All

Ian Bazalgette

6-9

All

Erin Woods, West Dover

John Ware

7-9

Regular

All

Mount Royal

7-9

All

All

Queen Elizabeth

7-9

Regular

All

Robert Warren

6-9

Spanish

All

Senator Patrick Burns

6-9

All

All

Sir John A. Macdonald

7-9

All

All

​Sir Wilfrid Laurier

6-9

TLC

All

Specialized Classes and Unique Settings

7-12

 

Some specialized programs are assigned to Calgary Transit. To confirm the level of service for your child, you can email transportation@cbe.ab.ca.

Terry Fox

7-9

All

All (except Cornerstone)

Tom Baines

6-9

All

All

Each year the CBE Transportation Department reviews all yellow school bus routes to look for potential movement of students to Calgary Transit for service.

The factors that are considered are:

  • Grade configurations of schools (grades 6 and up)
  • Ride times approximately 1 hour from the first bus stop to schools for (regular program)
  • Up to 1 bus transfer (regular program)
  • Communities with existing Calgary Transit service
  • Calgary Transit space and resources

Service Levels and Fees

Service Levels

Calgary Transit determines the number of buses and routes, based on actual ridership and available resources. Some residential districts have school express routes to the designated school. These routes are public transportation and can be accessed by the general public. Many residential districts do not have direct routes. Students in these residential districts must use regular service.

While CBE works collaboratively with Calgary Transit, we do not direct their work. Decisions on service levels are made by Calgary Transit based on available space and resources.

Accessibility

Calgary Transit’s fleet is accessible for people with different levels of mobility. Students who have met Calgary Transit Accesseligibility criteria, applied, and been approved may be able to book a trip to school as long as yellow school bus service is not provided.

Fees

There a different Calgary Transit fares and passes options and purchasing locations. Students must carry proof of fare every time they use Calgary Transit.

Families can access low income monthly passes through the City of Calgary's Fair Entry Program. This program offers a streamlined application process for City subsidy programs, including reduced rates for transit passes. You can find more information about the program at www.calgary.ca/fairentry.

Bus Routes and Stops

Calgary Transit has a “Plan a Trip” tool or families can also call 403-262-1000 for assistance with route planning and questions about Calgary Transit operations. Families do not need to register to use Calgary Transit, including school express routes.​

Ride Times

The majority of CBE students have a travel time on the bus of less than 60 minutes with not more than one bus transfer. However, that is not possible for all students. Some students have a longer travel time and more than one bus transfer depending on a variety of factors including distance from home to school.

Bus Route and Stop Changes

Calgary Transit updates their routes several times per year. Visit Calgary Transit's website for information on service updates and school express service variations.

Service Delays

Calgary Transit has several Rider Tools to stay informed along the way.

All traffic is affected in situations of poor weather. Students taking Calgary Transit have more options and flexibility as buses run more frequently.

It is wise for parents to create a backup plan and share that plan with your child. Your plan may include possibilities like carpooling with neighbours or dropping and picking up your children at school. We understand that these options are not possible for everyone and encourage you to develop a plan that is suitable to your family situation.

Safety & Using Calgary Transit

Calgary Transit is committed to safety and has an extensive network of security features including cameras on buses and help phones at LRT stations and platforms for assistance. There are cameras at all CTrain stations that are monitored by security staff that are in direct contact with peace officers and can dispatch them quickly, or call other emergency responders. Transit peace officers are also available to quickly respond to any incidents.

Calgary Transit provides riders with three options to report safety or security concerns. In addition to the phone number (403-262-1000) and the help buttons/phones at bus and train stations, riders can now send a text to 74100 for assistance from transit staff.

School Bus Capacity and Utilization

Seating capacity on a regular sized transit bus is 39, with room for another 25 to stand. The driver may limit the number of passengers or allow more, at their own discretion, in the interest of safety. School routes are not guaranteed to have capacity to carry all students. Students who cannot board the designated bus are encouraged to use regular routes to get to and from school.

Training Resources

Check out the Calgary Transit First Time Rider Guide for everything you need to know about taking transit.

My Transit Ride

The Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Transit offer a program called "My Transit Ride" for Calgary middle or high school students transitioning to Calgary Transit and their families. We are excited to offer this safety training and transit orientation to increase students’ comfort level and ability to ride Calgary Transit safely and efficiently. In-person training will not be available for the 2021 summer​.

Calgary Transit Transition Support Documents

Skill Development Resources

Training Resources

Tools

Get on Board Travel Training

The Travel Training Summer Camp is available for youth ages 12-18 with mild to moderate disabilities. There are eligibility and registration requirements. ​​

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