Busing & Transportation

Busing & Transportation General Transportation

General Transportation

Eligibility

General transportation (big yellow school bus) is available to students who:

  • Attend their designated school, and
  • Live beyond the school walk zone, and
  • Are assigned to general transportation as their mode

All high school students and some grade 6 to 9 students are designated to Calgary Transit.

For the purpose of transportation, only the student’s primary address in PowerSchool will be recognized.

Registration

Families register and pay for general transportation using MyCBE/PowerSchool.  The deadline for pre-registration was June 30, 2020.  Transportation continues to accept registrations after the deadline, and students are added to the closest existing stop with space.  Processing times could be up to 6 weeks at the beginning of the school year due to volume.

Paper forms are available on Forms You Need.

Bus Routes and Stops

Bus route, stop location and stop time information are available through MyCBE/PowerSchool.  The stop time provided is the time the bus leaves the stop.  Please be at the stop at least five minutes before the scheduled departure time.  Buses will not wait at or return to stops once they have left.

ZPass

ZPass cards are issued to registered riders who are new to general transportation. 

  • The ZPass only has the CBE Student ID number, for privacy and security.  Please do not add personal identifying information. 
  • Do not punch holes in the ZPass, as it will render the card unreadable.
  • Students scan their ZPass using an electronic card reader installed on the bus every time they get on and off the bus
  • If a student forgets a ZPass, they should notify the driver; they will still be able to ride the bus
  • If a student loses a ZPass, parents are must request a replacement pass through MyCBE/PowerSchool
  • Please note that ZPass cards are not printed after May long weekend
  • ZPass cards are meant to be multi-year and should be kept for reuse, even if transportation is cancelled for a period of time

Service Levels and Fees

Transportation for the Regular Program

Bus eligible students will have a bus stop within 1.6 km for elementary schools and 1.8 km for middle or junior high schools.  Students in kindergarten get one way transportation.

Student Category

Fee

Lives 2.4 km or more from school and grade 1-9

$465

Lives less than 2.4 km from school and grade 1-9

$800

Kindergarten student

$400

Transportation for Specialized Programs

Bus eligible students who have been directed to a special education program and assigned to general transportation will have a bus stop within 1.6 km for elementary schools and 1.8 km for middle or junior high schools.  The transportation fee is $465.

Transportation for Alternative Programs

Students attending Alternative Programs access general transportation under a congregated stop model.

Grade

Fee

1-9

$800

Kindergarten

$400 (1-way)

Conditional Ridership

Conditional ridership may be available to students who are not eligible for general transportation.

Conditional ridership:

  • is not guaranteed;
  • must be applied for every year using MyCBE/PowerSchool;
  • must be approved by Transportation Services before riding;
  • has a fee;
  • is offered on a first come, first served basis;
  • means the student must access an existing stop; and
  • is granted based on the above criteria; should routes change or if qualified students are added to a route and the bus becomes overcrowded, conditional riders may be removed to accommodate these changes

Parents must have alternate transportation arrangements in place in case approval is not received before the start of the school year, in case the registration is not approved, and/or in case the conditional rider status is removed in the school year.

Grade

Fee

1-9

$800

Kindergarten

$400 (1-way)

 

Ride Times

In general, ride times are an hour or less each way.  Due to the distance some students must travel to alternative or specialized programs, ride times may be longer in some cases.

Bus Route and Stop Changes

Bus routes are developed using pre-registrations received by the deadline.  Bus routes and stops are subject to change throughout the school year and between school years.  To request a change, parents/guardians can complete a Bus Stop Change Request Form available through MyCBE/PowerSchool.  As a reminder, families are responsible for student safety to, from, and at the bus stop.  A bus stop change will not be considered based on the path students use to get to or from a bus stop including any road crossings.  Please note, drivers may not change a stop location.  All requests must come through CBE Transportation.

Service Delays

Southland uses a bus route monitoring app called MyBusStop for all Southland Transportation routes. You can use the mobile and web application GPS tracking service to see real-time information and route delays.

  • School codes change each school year and will be provided to families before the start of the school year
  • Families can visit www.mybusstop.ca to register and create an account
  • Once registered, the app can be used

Questions, concerns or suggestions regarding registration or use of the application can be forwarded to admin@mybusstop.ca.

As a reminder of winter weather, please plan ahead for using transportation in cold weather.

Cancellations

Requests are completed through MyCBE/PowerSchool.  Each year, families have until September 30 to cancel without any fee being charged.  Cancellations for the rest of the year must be received within 30 days of the last day service was used.  Transportation fees will continue to be charged until a cancellation is received.  Prorated refunds are issued based on future months.  Please keep the ZPass card for future use. 

 
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