Busing & Transportation

Busing & Transportation General Transportation

General Transportation

Update | Yellow school bus service may also be impacted by last-minute staffing challenges due to illness. Buses may be delayed or unable to run for the day due to driver availability.

Families should also have back-up plans in place if school bus transportation is unavailable.

Eligibility

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 Calgary Transit.

For the purpose of transportation, only the student’s primary address in our student information system will be recognized.​

Registration

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 is 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 route.​

Note | Registration for conditional riders will begin on Thursday, June 9, 2022.

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

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 MyCBE.
  • 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

​​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.

Student Category

Fee

Lives 2.4 km or more from school and Grade 1-9

$280

Lives less than 2.4 km from school and Grade 1-9

$465

Kindergarten student

$232.50

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 $0.

Transportation for Alternative Programs

Students attending Alternative Programs access general transportation under a congregated stop model.

Grade

Fee

1-9

$465

Kindergarten

$232.50(1-way)

Conditional Ridership

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.

Conditional ridership:

  • is not guaranteed;
  • must be applied for every year using MyCBE;
  • 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.

Grade

Fee

1-9

$465

Kindergarten

$232.50 (1-way)

Alternate Addresses

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:

  1. Pre-register for transportation in MyCBE by the June 8, 2022 deadline.
  2. 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.

​Ride Times

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 transportation@cbe.ab.ca as soon as possible so the route and bus stop assignment can be updated.

Service Delays

​Southland

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 MyCBE
  • Families can visit www.mybusstop.ca to register and create an account
  • Once registered, the app can be used

Questions, concerns or suggestions regarding registration or use of the application can be forwarded to admin@mybusstop.ca.

First Student

First Student uses a website to post d​elays.

Fenton

Fenton will contact families when there is a delay.​​

As a reminder of winter weather, please plan ahead for using transportation in cold weather.

Cancellations

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.


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 Contact Us

Southland Transportation

North - 403-726-5963
South - 403-726-5966

Southland Yard Boundaries Map

 

First Student
t | 403-531-3900​

 

Fenton Bus Lines
t | 403-680-9394


CBE Transportation

t |  403-817-7433
e | transportation@cbe.ab.ca​​

 

 

 

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