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Denise Towne, Director

75 Watervliet Ave.

Albany, NY 12206

Phone: 475-6170

Fax: 475-6172


Transportation updates

As is customary at the start of the school year, all City School District of Albany middle and high school students were allowed to ride CDTA buses while student information was updated in our system. This year, the district changed software programs and extended the grace period to assure a smooth transition to the new system.


Beginning Monday, Nov. 6, the normal process of allowing CDTA swiper access only to eligible students took effect. Eligible students are those who live 1.5 miles or more from school. Should your student need assistance, please have them report to the main office at their school when they arrive and we will work with them to resolve any issues.


When do I  need to fill out a tranportation application?

City School District of Albany families that moved during the school year or have children changing schools need to fill out and return school bus transportation forms for the 2017-18 school year.


The district transports all eligible students – those who live 1.5 miles or more from their schools – either by yellow bus or Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA).


You don’t need to complete an application if:

  • You live at the same address;

  • Your child will attend the same school in September as he or she did in 2016-17; or

  • Your child is moving up from elementary to middle school or middle to high school.

You need to complete an application if:

  • Your family moved. You will need to change the address in person at the district’s Central Registration Office located at 75 Watervliet Ave. You can complete a transportation application at that time.

  • Your child changed schools. You will need to complete and return a new transportation application if your child is changing from a neighborhood school to a magnet school, changing from a magnet school to a neighborhood school, or attending a different elementary or middle school through open enrollment.

  • Your child attends before- or after-school child care.

  • The location changed where your child will be picked up and dropped off.

Download an application here for yellow bus service (elementary-school grades) or CDTA bus service (middle- and high-school grades). Download a change of pickup and dropoff location form here. You also can pick up these documents at your child's school or at Central Registration, located at 75 Watervliet Ave.


Also, starting in September, the City School District of Albany will have a new yellow school bus provider, First Student. Stay tuned for information about a GPS phone app that will allow you to track where your child’s bus is at a given time.


For more information, call the Transportation Department at 475-6170.


Transportation for non-public students for 2017-18

State law requires Albany parents whose children will attend a non-public school to submit to the district a written request for transportation by April 1 of the previous school year -- in this case, April 1, 2017, for the 2017-18 school year. Click here to download a request form. Please note that the deadline for the 2018-19 school year will be April 1, 2018.


The purpose of this deadline is to enable districts to budget funds and make necessary arrangements to provide reasonable and economical transportation. This applies to students who will attend private, parochial and charter schools.


For non-public-school students who move into the city after the April 1 deadline, parents must submit a written request for transportation within 30 days after establishing residency. In order to qualify for transportation, students must meet the requirements under the district’s Transportation Policy. Requests should be mailed to:


Denise Towne

Director of Transportation

City School District of Albany

75 Watervliet Avenue

Albany, NY 12206


For more information, contact the Transportation Department at 475-6170.


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 First Student Inc., yellow bus or Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) bus.


Eligible elementary-school children are transported via yellow bus, operated by First Student. The district provides a CDTA bus pass, also known as a swiper card, to eligible middle- and high-school students.


Regular-education students are eligible for transportation if:

  • The school 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

  • No CDTA routes are available in their area.

Special-education students will receive transportation if their Individual Education Plan (IEP) requires it.


Child-care transportation -- An elementary-school 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 in elementary school will be transported on yellow buses if their open enrollment or magnet school is more than 1.5 miles from their home.

Private, parochial and charter-school students will 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.


School bus 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.


Ensuring safety

Ensuring students 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.


Each school 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, Questar 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 page.


For more information, contact the Transportation Department at 475-6170.



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