APS buses make more than 400 trips each morning and afternoon transporting thousands of students from approximately 2,500 stops to and from school each day. Our buses also provide transportation for field trips and other school-based activities. As the school system has grown and changed, APS transportation challenges have also increased.
This Spring, APS is conducting a review of our service, policies and procedures to help create a long-term vision for our bus transportation system and find new solutions to safely deliver our students to school on time and ready to learn. This Bus Transportation Services Review is being led by the Dept. of Multimodal Transportation Planning and will include several community engagement activities to gather input and ideas from APS stakeholders.
School Board action on the policy update is planned Fall 2019, and some changes to bus transportation service may be implemented in the 2019-20 school year. Please check this page regularly for updates.
Since APS last reviewed its Transportation Policy E-5 and Policy Implementation Procedure (PIP) E-5 PIP-1 on yellow bus transportation in 2005, both APS and the County have grown and changed dramatically, ultimately impacting APS’ transportation services. Specifically, there are ongoing challenges related to:
- Enrollment growth
- Traffic congestion
Throughout Spring 2019, APS has engaged the community on ways to creatively, effectively and efficiently address the challenges, identify opportunities, and develop a policy and PIPs to support a more efficient and successful transportation service.
Community Engagement Opportunities
The community was invited to engage with staff and share their thoughts and ideas on bus transportation matters at public community workshops, PTA presentations and school-based meetings, pop-ups at school activities, and an online questionnaire.
- APS Transportation Policy E-5 and PIP E-5 PIP-1
- Transportation 101 Video Presentation: transportation system overview, ridership statistics and ongoing challenges (PDF)
- Transporte 101: descripción general del sistema de transporte escolar, estadísticas de usuarios y desafíos continuos
- Jan 22: School Board Work Session on Transportation
- Project Handouts: ENGLISH |SPANISH
- Meeting Notice: ENGLISH | SPANISH
- Community Workshop Presentation: ENGLISH | SPANISH