75 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: (518) 475-6170
Fax: (518) 475-6172
When do I need to fill out a
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 2018-19 school year.
Applications are due by
Friday, Aug. 17 in order to assure that your child will have
transportation on the first day of school, which is Sept. 6 for
prekindergarten-grade 9 and Sept. 7 for grades 10-12.
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
You don’t need to
complete an application if:
You live at the same
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
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
Your child attends before-
or after-school child care.
The location changed where your child will be picked up and
Download an application here for
yellow bus service
(elementary-school grades) or
CDTA bus service
(middle- and high-school grades). Download a
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
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
For more information, call the
Transportation Department at (518) 475-6170.
Discounted CDTA passes available
Discounted CDTA bus passes are available to all City School District of
Albany staff members as well as for students who live closer to school
than 1.5 miles and are not eligible for free CDTA transportation to and
District staff members and non-eligible students can receive a 10
percent discount on standard CDTA rates. To purchase a discounted
pass, staff members will need a district pay stub that is less than a
month old. Parents and guardians of students can pick up a Proof of
Enrollment form from
our Transportation Department that can be used to qualify for a
You also can
click here to download the form for students. However, please note that a
signature from a Transportation staff member is required on the Proof of
Enrollment form for students.
Once you have that documentation, the passes can be
purchased at the CDTA Customer Service Center. The center is located at
85 Watervliet Avenue, just down the street from the district’s Harriet
Gibbons Student Services Center at 75 Watervliet Ave., which is where
offices are located.
CDTA’s Customer Service Center is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday. You can call ahead with questions at (518) 437-6875 or
(518) 482-8822. You can contact the district Transportation Department
at (518) 475-6170.
Discounted passes are limited to one pass per account and can be
purchased for up to three months. The
discount is available as a benefit through the district’s transportation
partnership with CDTA.
Transportation for non-public students
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, 2018, for the 2018-19 school year.
Click here to download a request form.
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:
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
Eligible elementary-school children are transported
via yellow bus. 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 -- 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.
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 First Student Inc., to provide bus
transportation to eligible elementary children.
day, the district oversees the transportation of nearly 5,000 children
on both First Student 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
For more information, contact the Transportation Department at 475-6170.