Busing & Transportation

Busing & Transportation General Transportation

General Transportation


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.


Families register and pay for general transportation using MyCBE/PowerSchool, every school year. The deadline for pre-registration was June 6, 2021. 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. Families are responsible for transporting students while they wait to be added to a route.​

If families are moving and would like their new address considered on the registration form, please fill in a paper form and note on the form that you are moving along with an approximate date. 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 to registered students who have been added to a route. 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. Families of kindergarten students are asked to meet their child at the door of the bus to ensure their safety.


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 for 2021-22

Transportation Fees Eliminated

We know that many CBE families are making different transportation choices because of how they are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the second year in a row we have seen a decrease in yellow school bus ridership.

This lower ridership has once again resulted in a significant decrease in the overall cost to operate yellow school buses. As a result, the CBE has an approximately $8.5 million surplus in transportation budget this year. The decision has been made not to charge transportation fees for the 2021-22 school year.

There are no changes to Lunch Supervision, Student Supplies and other applicable school fees.

You are still responsible for payment of outstanding balances of transportation fees for previous school years.

​We are currently reviewing fees and service levels for the 2022-23​ school year and expect to make an announcement and launch transportation pre-registration in May 2022. ​

​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


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

$280 $0

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

$465 $0

Kindergarten student

$232.50 $0

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 $0.

Transportation for Alternative Programs

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




$465 $0


$232.50 $0 (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.




$465 $0


$232.50 $0 (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.

For registered students, if families move over the summer, and cannot update their new address with the school, please email transportation@cbe.ab.ca as soon as possible so the route and bus stop assignment can be updated.

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 through MyCBE/PowerSchool
  • 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.

First Student

First Student uses a website to post d​elays.


Fenton will contact families when there is a delay.​​

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


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. ​​​​​​​

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you cancelling transportation fees for a second year in a row?

We know that families are making different choices because of how they are impacted by the pandemic. While ridership increased from last year, there is a lower number of riders than we projected in our planning. This difference equates to an $8.5 million surplus.

If you have extra money, why not improve transportation services levels for this school year?

Transportation fees and service levels are created to ensure we can offer long-term, sustainable transportation. We will not be making adjustments to service levels for one year.

Will new riders be required to pay the transportation fee?

No, fees will not be charged to any new riders.

Will Calgary Transit riders be given a rebate?

The CBE is only eliminating transportation fees paid by yellow school bus riders.

What happens to additional surplus money in the transportation budget at the end of the school year?

Any additional surplus will allow for the establishment of a transportation reserve for the 2022-23 school year. The Student Transportation Regulation 7(4) states “Any surplus from fees charged under subsection (1) or (2) must be used to subsidize the cost of transportation of students referred to in that subsection in the two school years following the school year in which the surplus was collected.” 

Will you make changes to service levels and fees for the next school year?

We anticipate a new funding formula from the government for the 2022-23 school year. We will review our fees and service levels and expect to make an announcement for transportation pre-registration in May 2022.


 Contact Us

Southland Transportation

North - 403-726-5963
South - 403-726-5966

Southland Yard Boundaries Map


First Student
t | 403-531-3900​


Fenton Bus Lines
t | 403-680-9394

CBE Transportation

t |  403-817-7433
e | transportation@cbe.ab.ca​​





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