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 2017-2018 Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there private bus service in my area?
- During the 2016-17 school year we operated four buses:
● Central Queens Elementary School (Forest Hills, Briarwood, Kew Gardens Hills)
● Northern Queens Middle School (Flushing, Whitestone, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, College Point)
● Central Queens Middle School (Forest Hills, Rego Park, Jamaica)
● Brooklyn Elementary School (Downtown Bk, 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.
- How long is the commute?
- Commute time is subject to bus stop and traffic conditions. For example, in 2016-2017, the Central Queens Elementary bus runs about an hour in the morning from the first stop in Forest Hills to school and about half an hour from the last stop in Forest Hills to school. The afternoon commute takes a slightly less time. Schedules will vary year to year as routes are adjusted to reflect ridership changes.
- Is there a matron on the bus?
- In 2016-2017, there is a bus matron/attendant on the Central Queens Elementary bus, which is the bus 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 depend on the number of riders and whether the bus has a bus matron. Current bus rates range from approximately $300 to $450/month depending on the bus route, number of riders, and use of a matron. This may of course change for subsequent years depending on the above factors. We expect to provide one-way rates and sibling rates as well.
- Is private bus service available for both elementary and middle school students?
- We make every effort to provide options for both elementary and middle school students. Elementary and middle school routes are separate due to differences in school schedules.
- 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. The DOE does not release their routes until late-August. Distances that qualify depend on grade:
- Grades K-2:
- Students must be between ½ miles and five miles from Q300.
- Grade 3:
- Students must be at least one mile and less than five miles
- Grade 6:
- Only 6th grade students who are at least one mile and less than five miles from the school are eligible for bus service. During the 2015-16 school year there were insufficient 6th graders to form a DOE bus for the middle school.
- Grades 7-8:
- No DOE buses are available.
More information can be found at:
- Is there a bus that takes students home after the Q300 after-school program?
- For the 2016-2017 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 this year. Bus service for after-school will be revisited in subsequent years as the school grows.
- Can the bus drop off at other after school programs?
- Potentially, depending on the needs of our ridership. This year a private bus drops off at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills so that students may attend afterschool programs at that locations. 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 2017-2018 year. After filling out the bus service request 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.
- What if I have have additional questions?
- Questions should be directed as follows:
Elementary (Queens): email@example.com
Middle School (Queens): firstname.lastname@example.org
Elementary (Brooklyn): Michael Rosner at mbrosner (at) gmail.com or Keith Berger at keith.berger (at) baml.com
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