As we begin the 2022-23 school year, the majority of CBE bus routes have a regular driver assigned to the route. However, our transportation service providers continue to face a bus driver shortage that is impacting many students and schools.
To help mitigate the impact on students and schools of this ongoing and continent-wide driver shortage, CBE has taken a number of steps in response:
- increased capacity by expanding the number of service providers. As an example, Calgary Transit agreed to temporarily charter 15 routes for CBE schools, for September;
- reassigned routes with low ridership to specialized transportation service providers with small buses who have additional capacity;
- utilized buses to a higher capacity than during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the overall number of drivers required;
- provided proactive communication with families, schools, and our public;
- managed the transportation contract to ensure CBE routes are prioritized by service providers; and
- added additional temporary resources were added to CBE Transportation to support school and family inquiries.
The bus driver shortage is one being experienced across the province and across the country. Resolution may take time; rest assured the CBE is committed to continuing to explore solutions to ensure students are able to access their school and in so doing minimize the impact on students, families, and school communities.
General transportation (big yellow school bus) is available to students who:
- Attend their designated school, and
- Live beyond the school walk zone, and
- Are assigned to general transportation as their mode
All high school students and some Grade 6 to 9 students are designated to
For the purpose of transportation, only the student’s primary address in our student information system will be used to establish eligibility.
Families register and pay for general transportation using
MyCBE, every school year. The deadline to ensure your child has bus service for the first day of classes and the first six weeks of the new school year was Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Transportation continues to accept registrations after the deadline, and students will be added to the closest existing stop with space. Processing times could be up to six weeks at the beginning of the school year due to volume. Families are responsible for transporting students while they wait to be added to a bus stop and route.
If families are moving and would like their new address considered on the registration form, please fill in a paper form and note on the form that you are moving along with an approximate date. Paper forms are available on
Forms You Need.
Bus Routes and Stops
Bus route, stop location and stop time information are available through
MyCBE to registered students who have been added to a route. The stop time provided is the time the bus leaves the stop. Please be at the stop at least five minutes before the scheduled departure time. Buses will not wait at or return to stops once they have left. Families of kindergarten students are asked to meet their child at the door of the bus to ensure their safety.
ZPass cards are issued to registered riders who are new to general transportation.
- The ZPass only has your child's CBE Student ID number (CBE ID) for privacy and security. Please do not add personal identifying information like a name.
Do not punch holes in the ZPass, as it will render the card unreadable.
- Students scan their ZPass using an electronic card reader installed on the bus every time they get on and off the bus.
- If a student forgets a ZPass, they should notify the driver; they will still be able to ride the bus.
- If a student loses a ZPass, parents are must request a replacement pass through
- Please note that ZPass cards are not printed after May long weekend.
- ZPass cards are meant to be
multi-year and should be kept for reuse, even if transportation is cancelled for a period of time.
Service Levels and Fees for 2022-23
Note | Due to the ongoing disruption to transportation services, the CBE has made the decision to reduce transportation fees by 20 per cent for the school year.
Transportation for the Regular Program
Bus eligible students will have a bus stop within 1.6 km for elementary schools and 1.8 km for middle or junior high schools. Students in kindergarten get one way transportation. This is a set fee for the school year that is not adjusted based on actual usage.
Lives 2.4 km or more from school and Grade 1-9
Lives less than 2.4 km from school and Grade 1-9
Transportation for Specialized Programs
Bus eligible students who have been directed to a special education program and assigned to general transportation will have a bus stop within 1.6 km for elementary schools and 1.8 km for middle or junior high schools. The transportation fee is $280. This is a set fee for the school year that is not adjusted based on actual usage.
Transportation for Alternative Programs
Students attending Alternative Programs access general transportation under a congregated stop model.
Note | Registration for conditional riders will begin on Thursday, June 9, 2022.
Conditional ridership may be available to students who are not eligible for general transportation.
- is not guaranteed;
- must be applied for every year using
- must be approved by Transportation Services before riding;
- has a fee;
- is offered on a first come, first served basis;
- means the student must access an existing stop; and
- is granted based on the above criteria; should routes change or if qualified students are added to a route and the bus becomes overcrowded, conditional riders may be removed to accommodate these changes
Parents must have alternate transportation arrangements in place in case approval is not received before the start of the school year, in case the registration is not approved, and/or in case the conditional rider status is removed in the school year. This is a set fee for the school year that is not adjusted based on actual usage.
$232.50 (1-way) $186
We’ve heard from families that they would like more flexibility to access bus stops and routes to support childcare arrangements and changing family schedules. This year, CBE Transportation will allow families to add a second address to their transportation registration to have access to two bus stops and/or routes.
Note | All addresses must be within the attendance area for the school and outside the walk zone. Maps can be found on the school profile on the
CBE School Directory. The information collected from parents informs bus route planning, but does not guarantee a stop at the exact location requested.
To participate in the program, you must:
- Pre-register for transportation in
MyCBE by the June 8, 2022 deadline.
- Fill in the
Request for Alternate Address form in
MyCBE and provide one additional address and schedule for your child. Note: the form will only appear after you register.
CBE Transportation will review each request to determine if the request can be accommodated. Families will be notified of the decision within six weeks of application. If it is approved, the second address will be used as we are creating new bus routes.
The cost of this request, if approved, is $110.
See the frequently asked questions below for more information.
In general, ride times are an hour or less each way. Due to the distance some students must travel to alternative or specialized programs, ride times may be longer in some cases.
Bus Route and Stop Changes
Bus routes are developed using pre-registrations received by the deadline. Bus routes and stops are subject to change throughout the school year and between school years. To request a change, parents/guardians can complete a Bus Stop Change Request Form available through
MyCBE. As a reminder, families are responsible for student safety to, from, and at the bus stop. A bus stop change will not be considered based on the path students use to get to or from a bus stop including any road crossings. Please note, drivers may not change a stop location. All requests must come through CBE Transportation.
For registered students, if families move over the summer, and cannot update their new address with the school, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so the route and bus stop assignment can be updated.
Southland uses a bus route monitoring app called MyBusStop for all Southland Transportation routes. You can use the mobile and web application GPS tracking service to see real-time information and route delays.
- School codes change each school year and will be provided to families before the start of the school year through
- Families can visit
www.mybusstop.ca to register and create an account
- Once registered, the app can be used
- App alerts can be sent to your mobile phone for bus delays
The MyBus Stop App can be found in the Apple App Store or Android Play Store.
Questions, concerns or suggestions regarding registration or use of the application can be forwarded to
First Student uses a website to
We are aware of the communication challenges the providers are having keeping route information up-to-date for families. At this time, all service provider staff are dedicated to driving buses and they are not always able to accommodate this service.
As a reminder of winter weather, please plan ahead for
using transportation in cold weather.
Requests are completed through MyCBE. Each year, families have until September 30 to cancel without any fee being charged. Cancellations for the rest of the year must be received within 30 days of the last day service was used. Transportation fees will continue to be charged until a cancellation is received. Prorated refunds are issued based on future months. Please keep the ZPass card for future use.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you provide some examples of the use of an alternate address?
Requests must be made for weekly or bi-weekly use of a bus stop or bus routes to a second address.
- Pick-up at one bus stop in the morning and dropped off at a different bus stop in the afternoon. This may involve taking the same bus or being assigned to a different bus route for the alternate address.
- Use of different addresses for consistent days during a week (i.e. every Tuesday and Thursday) or alternating weeks.
Are there limits on the alternate address I can provide?
Families can only submit one additional address. This address must be within your school’s attendance area and outside of the walk zone. Maps can be found on the school profile on the CBE website.
Will the bus stop be at the alternate address I provide?
No, the second address will be considered when bus routes are created. It is not the pick-up/drop-off location. Bus stops will still be within CBE Transportation bus stop guidelines:
- Mandated Riders: Elementary - stop within 1.6 km and Middle/Junior High School - stop within 1.8 km
- Non-Mandated Riders:
Congregated stop for alternative programs or community stops for regular programs
Can I request a specific pick-up or drop-off time?
No, these times are determined as part of the entire route travel times and distance.
Can conditional riders submit an alternate address request?
Yes, conditional riders can submit a second address. However, should routes change or if qualified students are added to a route and the bus becomes overcrowded, conditional riders may be removed to accommodate these changes.