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Transportation

An elementary school child gets off the yellow bus.Getting students to and from school every school day is a huge task and among the most complex responsibilities entrusted to Cincinnati Public Schools.

Yellow school buses (elementary schools) and Metro buses (public transportation; high schools only) carry 28,000 students daily (CPS, and private and charter school students), traveling more than 200,000 miles a week - that's about eight times around the globe every week! Yellow buses alone cover more than 5 million miles a year transporting Cincinnati students.

School transportation services are offered to eligible students who live within the boundaries of the Cincinnati Public School District and attend CPS schools, as well as students who live within the CPS district and attend charter and private (nonpublic) schools.

The Pupil Transportation Branch determines the appropriate type of transportation service to be used, such as:

  • Yellow bus (for regular and special-needs students and magnet programs), usually grades K-6
  • Metro bus (public transportation) regular and Extra routes, usually grades 7-12
  • Ambulance (special-needs students with medical conditions)
  • Parent reimbursement (offered in lieu of service for students who are determined "impractical" to transport because of distance or scheduling).

Offered Daily

Transportation service is offered daily (schools days), on a single round-trip basis (i.e. home to school and school to home). Any transportation service offered beyond this will be considered when it can be accomplished safely and efficiently.

Yellow-Bus Stops

Students are assigned to Board-approved bus stops for efficiency. Routes are designed according to state and district safety operating procedures and industry best practices. Routes are designed to serve the maximum amount of students and keep the trips as short as possible.

Safety First

School transportation services are designed with the "Safety First" concept in mind. All services meet or exceed local, state and national statutes and regulations. Bus drivers are scrutinized, trained and licensed in accordance with state and national statutes and regulations. Buses are maintained and inspected in accordance with state statutes and regulations. Safety is a continuous process due to changing conditions.

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Additional Information

State Policies

Ohio Revised Code
Ohio Operation & Safety Rules
Driver Qualifications


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