The APS Transportation Department is responsible for the safe and timely transportation of students attending Arlington Public Schools. Free school bus transportation is provided to and from school for students living beyond a 1-mile walking distance from elementary schools and a 1.5-miles walking distance from middle and high schools. Over 45 percent of APS students ride buses to and from school.
The Arlington School Board Transportation Policy E-5.1 outlines eligibility for transportation, and the Policy Implementation Procedures E-5.1 PIP-1 provides additional information about “Pupil Transportation.”
Both are available through the School Board policies online.
Summer School Bus Stop Pilot Program for Middle & High School Students
To study some ideas for improving school bus service delivery, the Department of Transportation will pilot a bus stop initiative for general education secondary students attending summer school in 2018.
In the last week in August, students who are eligible for transportation services will receive a letter that includes their bus route, bus stop, and pickup time. The lower portion of the letter will include a “bus pass” for the student to present to the driver when boarding the bus.
Transporting Students with Temporary Disabilities
Students who need assistance boarding a school bus due to a temporary disability (such as a cast or use of crutches or a wheel chair) may receive special transportation upon recommendation of the school nurse. Parents should notify the school as soon as possible if their child needs such temporary assistance. The principal will help arrange for safe, appropriate transportation to and from school.
In 2013, Arlington Public Schools launched APS Go!, a community-wide, school-driven process that raises awareness and provides incentives, information and encouragement related to walking, biking, transit, car/vanpooling and school busing. The program, which is the first initiative of its kind in the country, focuses on the transportation needs of all students and staff while also considering the broader interests of the communities located around APS sites. Working in conjunction with the More Seats for More Students initiative and the APS Strategic Plan, Arlington Public Schools developed the APS Go! initiative as a comprehensive and long-term Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan for the district. As described in the Plan, APS Go! is a part of the school district’s efforts to proactively assess the needs of the community, respond to growth and demand, and develop forward-thinking transportation programs.