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    Seattle Public Schools Transportation Department

    The Seattle Public Schools Transportation Department arranges transportation services for a variety of students attending Seattle Public Schools and Head Start.


    Spring 2020-21 Yellow Bus Transportation Priorities

    Yellow buses will be prioritized this spring beginning with students that we are legally obligated to provide transportation and those most vulnerable. These students are:

    • Students receiving special education services whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) requires transportation
    • Head Start participants
    • McKinney-Vento (a program that serves students experiencing homelessness)
    • Students receiving foster care services, and
    • Students with a 504 accommodation for transportation.

    The transportation department will be contacting families that have requested transportation through the Intent to Return Survey.

    Learn why we need to prioritize bus transportation this spring. We will continue to work to increase transportation access in the most equitable way possible. The district will use our school equity tiering system as we develop routes and expand opportunities for general education students to return in person with transportation.

    Once 6-12th grade students return to school buildings, Orca Cards will be provided. We are working with King County Metro to coordinate additional safety and timing for routes.

    Families can submit a transportation appeal. All appeals must be in writing and submitted through

    Challenges to district transportation during COVID

    As a result of the pandemic, bus transportation was severely reduced and bus drivers furloughed. The Transportation Department began working with its transportation partners in December to get as many drivers back in anticipation of a return to in-person school. Unfortunately, only half of the drivers that were furloughed have returned to work. Read more about SPS Transportation during COVID.

    Transportation Service Standards 2019-20

    The Transportation Service Standards include information about who is eligible for transportation services and what kind of service they could be eligible for. There is also information about bus stop placement, conditions for changing a bus stop location, and the use of an alternate address.

    The Arrival/Departure times document contains information regarding the start and end times for schools, as well as the targeted arrival and departure times for buses serving those locations.

    ORCA Card Information

    Some students are eligible for ORCA cards as their main method of Transportation to and from school. Visit the ORCA Card Information page for information about ORCA cards for students.


    Check Out Transportation FAQs

    Please visit our FAQ page for answers for transportation questions.


    Shuttle Route Information

    Please visit our Shuttle Route Information page for route numbers and stop locations of the shuttles for the 2019-20 school year.

    Ice and Snow Transportation Plan

    Check out how decisions are made to recommend delays in school start times or closures, how information is provided to families, and what parents/guardians can do to prepare.

    SDoT Student Safety Toolkit for Parents

    Many students are not eligible for yellow bus service to get to and from school. The Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee has put together information for families who want to explore the alternatives to yellow bus service. Learn more about safety on the way to school, safety around the school, and resources available to help make the environment around each school safe for every student.

    Hourly Transportation Employment Opportunities

    The Transportation Department is looking for Hourly Bus Monitors and Crossing Guards.

    Please contact Transportation ( for further information.

    Contact Us

    Please have your Student ID Number and Bus Route Number available when contacting Transportation.

    Phone: 206-252-0900


    Contact Us via Let's Talk


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