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.
In Spring 2019, APS began a comprehensive review of our bus transportation 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. The Bus Transportation Services Review is being led by the Office of Multimodal Transportation Planning and has included several large-scale, community engagement activities to gather input and ideas from APS stakeholders. APS staff also met with individual school communities to gather input, and will continue meetings throughout the Fall.
School Board action on the policy update is planned for Spring 2020, and some changes to bus transportation service will be implemented in the 2019-20 school year.
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 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.
Feedback from the Spring 2019 Bus Transportation Review Questionnaire
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 received a little more than 2,000 responses to the questionnaire from families with children at all school levels. Summary of questionnaire feedback.
Community Engagement Opportunities
- 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