For the 2018-19 school year, transportation service levels for the majority of CBE students will be similar to the current school year. As part of our long-term, sustainable transportation strategy we have eliminated the need to subsidize the costs of transportation from the larger CBE budget. We will continue to ensure the delivery of safe and efficient transportation for students.
2018-19 Transportation Service Levels
Students attending the Regular Program at their designated school will continue to access yellow school bus service within current guidelines, where feasible. This means that elementary students will access a stop within 1.6 km of their homes and middle school/junior high students assigned to yellow school bus transportation will access a stop within 1.8 km of their homes. The majority of students will access a bus stop that is approximately 500 m from their homes.
Students attending an Alternative Program will continue to access yellow school bus service within a congregated stop model. We anticipate the majority of students in larger alternative programs (French Immersion and Traditional Learning Centres) will have a stop within 1 km from home because of the higher density of student population within a community accessing these schools and programs. The longest distances to a yellow bus stop will be for students travelling across the city to a program at a single site. These students may have bus stops located beyond the travel distance guidelines.
Students currently using Calgary Transit will continue to use public transit. An additional two middle schools have communities that will be transitioning to Calgary Transit.
Mid-day kindergarten service is maintained for all programs.
Walk zone and transportation eligibility maps are posted on school profile pages.
2018-19 Transportation Fees
Yellow School Bus
All students attending their designated Regular Program school and who live 2.4 km or more away from the school do not have to pay yellow school bus transportation fees. Students requiring complex learning needs transportation or attending a special setting are also exempt from transportation fees.
Other Regular Program riders living less than 2.4 km but beyond the walk zone (1.6 km for elementary and 1.8 km for middle/junior high), and assigned to yellow school bus service will be charged the proposed fee of $350/year. This is less than a five per cent increase from the previous two years. Please note this fee is subject to Board of Trustee and Ministerial approval.
All Alternative Program riders assigned to yellow school bus service will be charged the proposed fee of $350/year. This is less than a five per cent increase from the previous two years. Please note this fee is subject to Board of Trustee and Ministerial approval.
All Grade 6-12 students assigned to Calgary Transit are responsible for purchasing monthly bus passes at a cost of $75/month.
For students attending their designated Regular Program school and who live 2.4 km or more away from the school, the CBE will rebate families up to $549, meaning they will pay no more than $201/year. Learn more about the CBE Calgary Transit Pass Rebate Program.
Looking ahead, we know the Provincial Government will be announcing changes to transportation eligibility for the next school year. These changes are scheduled to be finalized by government in the fall of 2018. This timeline will give parents and school boards approximately 10 months to adjust to the new requirements which will be implemented in the 2019-2020 school year.