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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pupil Transportation

Head of the Department:

Ronald J. Despenza

Contact Information:

1210 E. 20th Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone Numbers – 410-396-7440

 For All Transportation Related Inquiries, Please Call (410) 396-7440

Transportation Services 2013-14 Handbook for Parent and Guardians




Transportation service is a key function associated with providing a quality education for students eligible for school bustransportation services. The mission of the Office of Transportation is to transport eligible students to and from school or special events in a safe, timely, efficient, and dependable manner.

What We Do:

Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) provides transportation to elementary school students who live more than a mile from their respective neighborhood schools and to middle and high school students who live more than 1.5 miles from their respective assigned citywide schools. Exceptions are made only in cases where walking conditions are hazardous. Depending on location of school or program to residence, select categories of students may be eligible for service. Categories are selected special education students, homeless students, ESOL students, Pre-Kindergarten students, and 504 students. School bus service may also be provided to transport students and staff to and from extracurricular activities. No one, including parents, is to enter or be on a school bus unless the City Schools Director of Transportation gives approval.
City Schools buses and contract buses are inspected thoroughly three times a year in accordance with guidelines established by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. School bus drivers must satisfactorily complete an extensive and comprehensive training program in order to become certified eligible to drive. Drivers also must complete annual in-service training. In addition, drivers are required to meet health and driving record standards. Drivers and bus aides are subject to background checks and drug and alcohol screening.
A well-ordered transportation system is realized as a result of the collective and cooperative efforts of drivers, bus aides, pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators.