The Public Bus is managed by the Department of Pupil Transportation (OPT). Student eligibility for Free Public busing by the Department of Education is determined by the Department of Pupil Transportation. We’ve compiled some Yellow Bus FAQs from our PTA Community, which may be a great resource for common questions.
More information can be found on the OPT and Q300 School site.
– NYC Department of Education – Department of Pupil Transportation page
– Q300 Transportation Page
Students who are not eligible for a public bus may be able to sign up for Private Busing, which is coordinated by volunteer parents and is not managed or administered by the PTA. Please email the private bus email account for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Bus 2018-2019 Frequently Asked Questions
Is there private bus service in my area?
During the 2017-18 school year we operated five buses:
- Two Central Queens Elementary School buses primarily servicing Forest Hills (several stops on both the North and South side of Queens Blvd). Select stops were also available in Jamaica, Briarwood, and Flushing.
- Northeastern Queens Middle School (Flushing, Whitestone, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, College Point)
- Central Queens Middle School (Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Elmhurst, Jamaica)
- Brooklyn Elementary School (Downtown Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Williamsburg and Greenpoint)
As the school is growing, we hope to expand the areas covered as demand allows. Of course, bus service for any particular area or student depends on a variety of factors and cannot be guaranteed.
The private buses make several stops throughout the neighborhoods listed. Most children walk several blocks to their stop. Parents who live in neighborhoods that are not serviced may choose to drive their students to a conveniently-located route on the stop to utilize the private bus.
How long is the commute?
Commute time is subject to bus stop and traffic conditions. For example, in 2017-2018, the Central Queens Elementary buses run about 50 minutes in the morning from the first stop in Forest Hills to school and about 30 minutes from the last stop in Forest Hills to school. The afternoon commute takes a slightly less time. Middle school buses tend to run a little longer. Schedules will vary year to year as routes are adjusted to reflect ridership changes.
Is there a matron on the bus?
In 2017-2018, there were bus matrons/attendants on the Central Queens Elementary buses, the buses with the most ridership. The other routes had smaller buses, fewer students/less complexity for the bus driver to manage, or older students.. However, as ridership expands this may change as well.
How much does the private bus cost?
Bus rates vary year to year and have ranged from approximately $3000 to $4500 per year depending on the bus route, number of riders, and use of a matron. In addition, a registration fee is required to reserve your child’s spot on the bus. In 2017-18, the registration fee was $75 per family. Discounts were available for one-way riders and siblings during the 2017-18 year.
Is private bus service available for both elementary and middle school students?
We make every effort to provide options for both elementary (K-4) and middle school students (5-8). Elementary and middle school routes are separate due to location and school schedules.
Does the private bus have seatbelts?
Yes! The private buses are traditional yellow school buses with seat belts for the students. In the past they have been air-conditioned as well.
How can I find out if my child will receive yellow bus service through the DOE?
The DOE will only provide a bus if they are able to create a route with at least 10 riders that meet the distance requirements below. To potentially qualify for service, students must live in Queens and under five miles from the school. The DOE does not release their routes until late-August. Distances that may qualify for a DOE bus depend on grade:
Grades K-2: Students must live between ½ miles and five miles from Q300.
Grades 3-6: Students must live at least one mile and less than five miles from Q300.
Grades 7-8: No DOE buses are available.
Please note, there were not enough eligible 6th grade students to form a DOE bus for the middle school campus during the 2017-18 school year. This may change with the addition of 5th grade students to the middle school campus during the 2018-19 school year; however, route information will not be released until late-August.
For more information on DOE buses, contact the school directly or visit the OPT website:
Is there a bus that takes students home after the Q300 after-school program?
For the 2017-2018 school year, there was not enough interest in a second bus after the after-school program along the existing private bus route. However, a group of parents have hired transportation for their students back to Jackson Heights and Elmhurst after the after-school program. Bus service for after-school will be revisited if there is sufficient demand.
Can the bus drop off at other after school programs?
Potentially, depending on the needs of our ridership. For the 2017-2018 school year, a private bus drops off at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills and many Q300 students attend the after-school programs at that location. Drop-off at other after-school locations may be possible in the future.
How do I request private bus service for my child?
Once your child is registered at Q300, you will be sent a link to request bus service for the 2018-2019 year. After filling out the form, you will be notified in late summer whether there would be a bus stop close to you. Bus stop availability is subject to your location and the planned bus route.
Questions should be directed as follows:
- Elementary (Queens): email@example.com
- Middle School (Queens): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Elementary (Brooklyn): Michael Rosner at email@example.com
For any additional general questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org