WCPSS will put new practices into place beginning today for the 2014-15 school year with the goal of improving yellow bus service for families.
Families new to Wake County enrolling in school and current families who will be first time users of bus service in 2014-15 will be required to request transportation service. The requests must be completed approximately one month before the start of school to receive first day service.
Cutoff dates for first day service
- Year-round calendar schools regardless of track assignment must enroll and request bus service by June 6 to receive first day service.
- Modified calendar schools must enroll and request bus service by June 25 to receive first day service.
- Traditional calendar schools must enroll and request bus service by July 21 to receive first day service.
For families who are eligible for transportation and request services after the cutoff date, first day bus service is not guaranteed. Requests received after these cut off dates will be processed in the order received. Transportation will make every effort to provide service using existing bus stops as quickly as possible.
Impact on families
Families currently enrolled in WCPSS who are using bus service and eligible for bus service next year will automatically be assigned transportation to their address of record and need take no action.
Families who want to ride the bus next year, are not current riders and are eligible for bus service next year should go to www.wcpss.net/busrider starting today and request transportation services.
Starting today, families new to WCPSS can request Transportation service as they enroll in school. They should enroll as soon as possible and request transportation before the cutoff dates listed above for their school calendar.
Why make this change?
Beginning the planning process with accurate ridership will help Transportation planners provide superior bus routing. This should provide families better bus service from the start of the school year. Routes for known riders will be set for the first day of school. Bus drivers will no longer have to wait at stops for families who don’t plan to use the service and will practice set routes to be ready for the first day of school. With superior routing, buses will travel less distance saving money on fuel and maintenance.