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Updates about SFUSD Transportation Changes

Changes to General Education Transportation Services for 2015-16

Due to ongoing state budget cuts, the district has been reducing general education transportation since 2010, and for the 2015-16school year we need to reduce the fleet from 30 buses to 26 buses.  This reduction in the size of the fleet means the cost of providing general education transportation services in 2015-16 will be aligned with the funds the district receives for home to school transportation, and it will reduce the general fund contribution to general education transportation services by about $500,000 a year.

Students with IEPs that require transportation will not be impacted by the changes for the 2015-16 school year.

Over the past couple of years we have worked to align middle school services with the middle school feeders. 

  • In 2012-13, we added services
  • from Carver and Starr King elementary schools to Aptos middle school, and
  • from Moscone and Serra elementary schools to Hoover middle school. 
  • Beginning in August 2013, SFUSD will no longer provide services
    • from the Bayview and Hunter Point area to Hoover middle school (we will maintain services from the Hunter Point  to Aptos, Giannini, and Lick middle schools), or
    • from the Mission are to Aptos middle school (we will maintain services from the Mission area to Hoover middle school).

Beginning in August 2013, SFUSD will no longer provide general education transportation services to ER Taylor, Gordon J Lau, and New Traditions.  

How did you decide which changes to make for the 2015-16 school year?

All decisions were guided by the Board of Education’s policy guidelines and budget reduction goals. Within this context, every effort was made to 

  • avoid changes to bell schedules;
  • minimize the number of schools impacted;
  • minimize the number of riders impacted;
  • align middle school services with the middle school feeders; and
  • align with the enrollment cycle.

How can I learn more?

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information or review the school bus schedules for 2015-16.

How can I provide feedback?

As we continue to implement the redesigned services for general education transportation we will continue to collect feedback and will review the feedback based on the Board’s policy guidelines. Complete a Transportation Services Feedback Form and turn into your school’s main office, fax it to the Transportation Department at (415) 695-5759, or bring it to EPC at 555 Franklin St.

What are some alternatives to yellow bus transportation?

Background Information

Due to ongoing state budget cuts, the district has been planning reductions to general education transportation since 2010. In addition to addressing the budget crisis, the district has been updating general education transportation services so they are more aligned with the commitments outlined in the strategic plan and the new student assignment policy adopted in 2010.