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Denise Towne, Director

75 Watervliet Ave.

Albany, NY 12206

Phone: 475-6170

Fax: 475-6172


Durham Bus Tracker

Durham Bus Tracker is an app developed to help improve communication with families. This app will securely allow parents and guardians to view the location of their child's bus in relation to their assigned bus stop. Durham Bus Tracker also provides information about bus routes in near real-time, including the scheduled arrival time at each stop. The app is free, user-friendly and available at no additional charge (mobile carrier data charges may apply). Download it here.


Durham Bus Tracker works with the GPS technology currently installed on Durham buses. Durham Bus Tracker reads the GPS signals of the bus in motion to provide you with the location of the bus while in route. The relayed GPS data is then pushed through a routing system and on to you via the Durham Bus Tracker app.


Additional information about Durham Bus Tracker is available at the following links:

Transportation applications

Applications for transportation for the 2016-17 school year are available at the links below. City School District of Albany families are encouraged to complete and turn in applications for bus transportation for their children as soon as possible. Completed applications should be turned in to your child's school.


The district transports all eligible students -- those who live 1.5 miles or more from their school -- either by yellow bus (Durham School Services) or Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA).


You also can download an application here for yellow bus service (elementary-school grades) or CDTA bus service for middle-school and high-school grades). You also can pick up one at your child's school or at Central Registration, located at 75 Watervliet Ave. Please call the Transportation Office at 475-6170 if you have any questions.


New applications and change requests are processed once a week during the school year.


Transportation for non-public students for 2017-18

State law requires Albany parents whose children will attend a non-public school in 2017-18 to submit to the district a written request for transportation by April 1. Click here to download a requet 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:


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 Durham yellow bus or Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) bus.


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.


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.


Who do I call if I have transportation questions?


Call the main office of your child's school:

  • To request a change in your child's pick-up and drop-off location.

Call Durham School Services at 598-0600:

  • If you have routing questions, such as pick-up and drop-off places and times for your child.

  • 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.

  • With any questions about transportation cancellations or late route times due to weather.

Call the City School District of Albany Transportation Department at 475-6170:

  • To determine if your child is eligible for transportation.

  • To request an application for transportation.

  • To verify information about your child's name, address and school of attendance.

  • 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.



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