Bus Eligibility

General Education Transportation

General education transportation eligibility is based on a student’s grade level and the walking distance between home and school. Based on a distance calculation, students eligible for full fare transportation may receive either stop to school transportation or a Student MetroCard. 

Grade Level Distance Code A: 
Less than 0.5 mile
Distance Code B: 
0.5 mile or more, but less than 1 mile
Distance Code C: 
1 mile or more, but less than 1.5 miles
Distance Code D: 
1.5 miles or more
Kindergarten Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 1 Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 2 Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 3 Not Eligible Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 4 Not Eligible Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 5 Not Eligible Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 6 Not Eligible Half-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare School Bus or Full-Fare
Grade 7 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare
Grade 8 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare
Grade 9 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare
Grade 10 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare
Grade 11 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare
Grade 12 Not Eligible Half-Fare Half-Fare Full-Fare

 

Stop-to-School Yellow Bus Service

A student is eligible for stop-to-school yellow bus service if:

  • The student is in grades K-6
  • The student lives in the same district as the school, (or the same borough for non-public, charter, or citywide gifted and talented schools)
  • There is already yellow bus service at the school
  • A current stop exists that can serve the student or a new stop can be created.

Student MetroCards

A Student MetroCard is issued upon request if:

  • yellow bus service is not available or,
  • if a new stop cannot be added for the student.

Exceptions to Transportation Eligibility

Sometimes we make an exception for a student who would not ordinarily be eligible.

Parents and guardians, along with their child's school (and a physician in the case of a medical exception), must complete an exception request form related to the reason for the request. Ask your school's transportation coordinator for the form you need. 

You can submit an exception request for the following reasons:

  • Medical
  • Hazard
  • Emergency
  • Temporary Housing
  • Distance Disagreement

Students who are not living at home can find out how to connect with an expert on our Students in Temporary Housing page:

Specialized Transportation

Students who receive special education services may receive other transportation services. Visit the Specialized Transportation page below for more information.

Pre-K or Early Intervention Options

Children who are in special education, pre-K, or early intervention programs are eligible for curb-to-curb yellow bus service if their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) recommends special transportation. Because pre-K bus vendors work very closely with parents, we urge you to provide your vendor with your emergency contact information.

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