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. Please reach out to Q300’s Parent Coordinator for specific information about your child: Jenny Lando at email@example.com
More information can be found on the OPT and Q300 School site.
- NYC Department of Education – Department of Pupil Transportation page: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/transportation/transportation-overview
- Q300 Transportation Page: http://www.q300.org/transportation.html
Public Bus 2018-2019 Frequently Asked Questions
Below are FAQs for the Public Yellow Bus provided by the Department of Education. The answers are provided by the Q300 PTA community. Please let us know if you encounter any discrepancies, and we can update.
- Who coordinates the yellow school bus routes?
The Yellow Bus is coordinated by Q300 and OPT. The Q300 PTA DOES NOT coordinate bus routes, stops, or determination of eligibility. Please reach out to Q300’s Parent Coordinator for specific information about your child: Jenny Lando at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is the website to access yellow bus service information?
You can find student specific information on the OPT website by entering your child’s OSIS. Bus routes won’t be available till the end of August, after Q300 has provided the list of qualifying families to OPT: https://www.opt-osfns.org/opt/Resources/SchoolRouteStSearch/SearchResult.aspx?display=StudentOnlySchool Bus information
- How do I contact OPT?
OPT Customer Service Agents are available Monday-Friday from 5:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. at (718) 392-8855
- Who qualifies for yellow school bus service? (based on # miles, age, etc.)?
Q300 Administration provides a list of families that qualify for Yellow Bus based on eligibility on the POT website here: http://www.optnyc.org/ServicesAndEligibility/getransportation.htm
- When will we know if we qualify for the yellow bus and pick-up/drop-off time?
At the end of August, after the school administrator has provided student information to OPT. OPT will update the site- so keep checking. Please keep in mind that the routes are very likely to change the first few weeks of school- both the stop location AND the pickup/drop off times.
- If I want to opt for Metrocard where can apply to get one?
Please reach out to the school to coordinate. They can work with families to identify if you qualify for a Metrocard. Metrocards are distributed by the school.
- If we qualify for yellow school bus service, can we opt to use public transportation instead and get free Metrocards?
You will need to reach out to the school to coordinate.
- If we want only yellow school bus pick-up in the morning but not afternoon drop-off, are we able to do that? Will we qualify for one-way Metrocard for the afternoon?
Yes, you can opt for pick up only. Some Q300 Families stay at Serious Fun- the private after school care. Families will need to specify this on their child’s dismissal form.
- If the yellow school bus ride is over 90 minutes, are we able to contact the OPT to create a new shorter route?
Yes, but the school will need to coordinate this.
- What are the general pick-up and drop-off times for yellow school bus for the different routes? How long is the yellow school bus ride generally for the different routes?
For the 2015-2016 route, the first pick up was at xx:xx, and the last pick up was at xx:xx for an xx:xx arrival. Drop offs were between xx:xx and xx:xx.
- If yellow bus service is not offered to us, how do we get the Metrocards to use on public transportation?
The School will coordinate the distribution of Metrocards.
- Is there yellow bus service on the first few days of school?
Yellow bus may be available on the first day of school, if requested by the Principal. Yellow Bus usually is in full operation by the second day of school.
- Is there yellow bus service on half-days?
Yes- there is Yellow Bus Service on half days. OPT will not issue a new schedule, so we lean on the parent chat group to get more precise timing on when to be at the bus stop.
- Is the yellow bus service for the different routes only for Q300, or is it shared with other schools with the yellow bus doing drop-offs at other schools?
The bus routes are only for Q300 students. The buses aren’t shared with other schools.
- What are other resources available?
Whatsapp for Q300 Bus Route Members: Administered by Colin Petch. See this website for more information about WhatsApp app.
Private bus service is available in some areas of Queens and Brooklyn. Private bus routes are coordinated by volunteer parents and are not managed or administered by the PTA.
We expect to offer private bus service again for the 2019-20 school year to both the lower and upper division campuses. If you are interested in private transportation, please sign up through the appropriate link below:
- Entering grades K-4: https://forms.gle/rniSRciCZEMdYYb27
- Entering grades 5-8: https://forms.gle/3pahf6YPZYn5btpB6
If your child is entering K-6 and you are interested in OPT (free public yellow school bus) service instead of a private bus in Queens, please contact Jenny Lando, the school’s parent coordinator, at JennyLando@Q300.org.
Please note that routes and specific bus stop locations change from year to year, based on ridership; signing up through these forms does not guarantee that we can honor your request. The committees will determine the routes based on information from those who have signed up. All families who complete these forms will be contacted over the summer with more information about the nonrefundable deposit, specific routes and pricing.
Please complete this form by Sunday, June 30, 2019. We may not be able to add stops for families who complete the form after this date
Thank you for your interest. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Private Bus 2018-2019 Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there private bus service in my area?
During the 2018-19 school year we operated buses in Central Queens and Brooklyn. Routes change year to year depending on demand from families. We cannot guarantee availability of routes for future years; however, in the past our Queens routes have primarily served students in Forest Hills with stops in Jamaica, Briarwood, Kew Gardens, and Richmond Hill. Routes in Brooklyn have served Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, and Downtown Brooklyn.
- How long is the commute?
Commute time is subject to bus stop and traffic conditions. For example, Central Queens Lower Divisionbuses have several stops in Forest Hills with stops ranging from 25-50 minutes to school, slightly shorter in the afternoon. 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 the past, we have used matrons on the Central Queens Lower Division buses, which have the highest ridership; the upper division route does not use a matron; and smaller routes, including the Brooklyn route, has not used a matron due to lower ridership. This may change over time as ridership changes.
- How much does the private bus cost?
Bus rates vary year to year and have ranged from approximately $2500 to $4500 per year for round-trip service depending on the bus route, the number of riders, and use of a matron. In addition, a non-refundable registration fee is required to reserve your child’s spot on the bus. In 2018-19, the registration fee was $75 per family. We have been able to offer discounts for one-way riders and siblings in previous years.
- Is private bus service available for both elementary and middle school students?
We make every effort to provide options for both lower division(K-4) and upper division students (5-8). Lower and upper division 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?
For more information on DOE buses, contact the school directly or visit the OPT website: http://www.optnyc.org/parents/information.htm
- Is there a bus that takes students home after the Q300 after-school program?
We do not offer bus service following the after-school programs at Q300. However, a group of parents have hired transportation for their students back to Jackson Heights and Elmhurst after the after-school program.
- Can the bus drop off at other after school programs?
Potentially, depending on the needs of our ridership. For the 2018-2019 school year, the Central Queens private bus drops off at the Commonpoint Queens (formerly 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 2019-2020 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:
- Can I pay the registration fee by credit card?
Yes you can, via PayPal. Complete the following 2 questions and click “Pay Now” to be taken to PayPal to complete the process. Please wait until the private bus committee has contacted you to make a payment.