Welcome to the district's Department of Transportation web page. The South Colonie Central School district runs an average of 80 buses each day – each traveling about 15,000 miles a year. Approximately 4,800 public school students and a variety of private and parochial students ride South Colonie buses daily.
Riding the School Bus
Students will receive in the mail, each August, a post card from the South Colonie Transportation Department listing their bus route, driver's name and pickup location.
Late bus run maps are posted in the respective schools showing late bus coverage areas. Late bus routes cover the entire attendance zone with far fewer buses than the regular arrival/dismissal. Student drop off locations may be much further from home than their regular bus stop. STUDENT MAY NOT RIDE LATE BUSES WITHOUT A WRITTEN BUS PASS.
For the safety of all occupants being transported on district school buses, it is necessary to have guidelines and restrictions on the sizes of items that students may bring on school buses. The following information is intended to provide guidance for planning the transportation of these items on school buses. view policy
Many students use electronic devices as part of their daily lives. iPods, handheld games, portable radios etc., are fun to use and often can make the ride to and from school more enjoyable. Unfortunately, misuse of these items can be detrimental to the safety and well-being of other students and bus drivers. Therefore, the Transportation Department will enforce the following bus rules pertaining to electronic devices on buses. view policy
Peaceful Bus Program
South Colonie's elementary school students participate in the Peaceful Bus Program (pdf) each school year. Grouped by their bus routes, school staff lead workshops to provide students the opportunity to discuss problems they may be having on the bus and then work together to find possible solutions to those problems. The Peaceful Bus Program encourages students, staff and bus drivers to work together to make connections with one another and build community both on the bus and in school.
It Pays to Be Safe
Driving Smarts - Interactive resource that gives car owners a visual understanding of automobile and safe driving knowledge
Car and Bus Safety - A guide for children on how to stay safe while riding in a car or on a school bus
Helpful Transportation Links
Careers with the South Colonie Transportation Department
Bus Driver Application (pdf)