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Denise Towne, Director

75 Watervliet Ave.

Albany, NY 12206

Phone: (518) 475-6170

Fax: (518) 475-6172 


First Student bus-tracking app available Oct. 1

Parents of elementary students who ride the bus should consider signing up for First Student’s app, FirstView. It will be live Oct. 1 and allows you to track the location of your child’s bus. To download the app, visit It's free from the Apple Store of Google Play Store. Just search FirstView! Please visit our District News section for more information.


When do I  need to fill out a transportation 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 2018-19 school year.


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


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 2017-18; 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.

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 from school.


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 discounted pass. 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 district Transportation 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:


Denise Towne

Director of Transportation

City School District of Albany

75 Watervliet Avenue

Albany, NY 12206


For more information, contact the Transportation Department at (518) 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. 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.


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 First Student Inc., to provide bus transportation to eligible elementary children.


Each school 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, 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 (518) 475-6170.



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