75 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Joseph Verrigni, Director
applications available for the 2012-13 school year
City School District of Albany families are encouraged to complete
and turn in applications for bus transportation for their children this
The district transports all eligible students --
those who live 1.5 miles or more from their school -- either by yellow
bus or Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) bus.
Click on the highlighted text for an application for
yellow bus service
(for elementary schools, North Albany Academy and Stephen and Harriet
Myers Middle School) or a
(for transportation to Albany High School and Hackett Middle School).
Your child's school also will send home a copy of the appropriate form.
Completed applications should be turned in to the school your
child currently attends.
For children who attend private, parochial or charter schools in Albany,
the deadline to apply for 2012-13 transportation was April 1. However,
eligible requests received after the deadline will be considered on a
space-available basis. Click on the highlighted text for a
For more information, contact the Transportation Office at 475-6150.
How do I know if my child is eligible for busing?
The City School District of Albany transports all
eligible students -- those who live 1.5 miles or more from their school
-- either by yellow bus or Capital District Transportation Authority
Eligible elementary-school children are transported
via yellow bus, operated by Durham School Services. The district
provides a CDTA bus pass, also known as a swiper card, to eligible
middle- and high-school students.
are eligible for transportation if:
they attend is 1.5 miles or more from their legal residence;
They live in
a district-designated transportation zone or a child-safety zone; or
routes are available in their area.
Special-education students will
receive transportation if their Individual Education Plan (IEP) requires
Child-care transportation -- A student may be transported
to and from a child-care provider if the provider's location is within
the district’s boundary and is 1.5 miles or more from the school the
student attends. Parents must request such transportation in writing.
Applications are available at the school your child attends. Sorry,
requests cannot be taken over the telephone.
Open-enrollment and magnet-school students
elementary school will be transported on yellow buses if their open enrollment
or magnet school is more than 1.5 miles from their
parochial and charter-school students
be provided transportation in the same manner as public-school students
only if the private, parochial or charter school they attend is within
the district's boundaries. Parents are asked to make such requests in
writing by April 1 of the current school year to be in effect for the
following school year.
The district will
make every attempt to honor late transportation requests provided there
is room on the bus in question under the open-seat law.
pick-ups and drop-offs are at designated neighborhood sites. Students
will not have to walk more than one-half mile (0.5) between their home
and their pick-up and drop-off site. Parents are responsible for their
child's safety until the child boards the bus and once the child steps
off the bus.
Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions
about bus transportation.
arrive to school safely is a big job, and it's one the district takes very seriously. The district strives to provide
its students with safe, reliable and efficient transportation. The
district contracts with Durham School Services to provide bus
transportation to Albany's elementary school children.
day, the district oversees the transportation of nearly 5,000 children
on both Durham yellow buses and CDTA vehicles. These buses travel to 80
schools -- 38 public and charter schools in Albany, as well as 42 BOCES,
and private schools throughout the Capital Region. To find out more
about transportation for students attending non-public schools in
Albany, visit our Busing Eligibility
Who do I call if I have transportation
Call the main office of your child's school:
Call Durham School Services at 598-0600:
If you have
routing questions, such as pick-up and drop-off places and times for
To alert us when
your child will not be riding the bus for a period of time, and to
let us know when your child will be returning.
questions about transportation cancellations or late route times due
Call the City School District of Albany Transportation Department at
To determine if
your child is eligible for transportation.
To request an
application for transportation.
information about your child's name, address and school of
If you have a
need for temporary transportation assistance, i.e., your child has
a broken leg or other injury requiring additional assistance.
For more information, contact the Transportation Department at 475-6170.
to some Albany High, Hackett students
Albany High School and William S. Hackett Middle School students
that live within 1.5 miles of their schools now can get a 10 percent
discount on CDTA bus passes.
The discount would apply on two types of 31-day “swiper” bus passes:
one providing unlimited rides on weekdays and one providing
unlimited rides seven days a week. Price of the discounted weekday
pass is $49.50. Price of the discounted seven-day pass is $58.50.
CDTA regularly transports Albany High and Hackett students to and
from school if the student lives 1.5 miles or more from school. The
new discount would be available to roughly 600 additional Albany
High and Hackett students who applied for but were denied free CDTA
transportation because they live too close to their schools.
To get a discounted student pass, parents or guardians must:
Bring a form of identification of your child (birth certificate,
school ID, report card, interim report) to the district
Transportation Office between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Transportation Office, located at 75 Watervliet Avenue, will
issue a voucher once a student’s identification is verified; and
Bring the voucher to the CDTA sales office at 85 Watervliet
Avenue, the only place the discounted passes will be sold.
Albany school district employees also are eligible for the discount
passes. The process for getting one is the same.
For more information, call the district Transportation Office at