Chartered (Yellow) Bus Service
Charter bus services are provided by traditional yellow school bus and travel on designated school bus routes established by Red Deer Public Schools. Charter buses serve all elementary schools and one middle school in the District as well as special education students. The Charter bus service is provided by our contractor, Prairie Bus Lines.
The District uses both large and small school buses and use depends on the particular student needs or program your child is registered in.
All students requiring Charter bus service must complete a Charter Bus Transportation Application each year and return it to their school before June 15th, this includes those students enrolled in Regular and Alternative programs. Applications and fees are submitted to the attending school for processing (the costs for school transportation is indicated below and are also displayed on the Charter Transportation Application itself). Applications received after the June 15th deadline are subject to a $20.00 late fee (in addition to applicable Transportation fees). The late fee does NOT apply to new students transferring in from another school jurisdiction or Red Deer Public families that transfer schools within the District over the course of the summer.
Bus route information is available on our website under Bus Routes by School and https://cs-busplannerweb.rdpsd.ab.ca/Default.asp. Please note that bus routes and times are subject to change throughout the school year. If a bus is more than 10 minutes late, a message will be sent out over Synervoice Messaging System to the contact numbers and emails provided in Powerschool. Because there could be a charge for text messaging alerts from RDPSD, the user needs to accept the conditions. To receive text message alerts from RDPSD, you must text the word Join to the number 56360 from the cell phone you want the texts to receive. You will then get a short text from Synervoice and you are set up.
All students are subject to an annual, per student, transportation fee. The application and fees are paid at the school and are as follows:
- Student, Gr K-5, lives under 1.6 km = $300 (Regular ineligible rules apply)
- Student, Gr K-5, lives between 1.6 km & 2.4 km = $150
- Student, Gr K-8, lives over 2.4 km = $75
- Student, Gr 6-12, lives under 2.4 km = $300 : Westpark Middle School (Regular ineligible rules apply)
- Student, Kindergarten, lives over 1.6 km = $375
- Student, Gr 1-12, lives over 2.4 km = $750
NOTE: Transportation may be provided if there is room available on the bus and the student resides along the bus route (new bus stops are not made for ineligible riders). Availability is not guaranteed and is subject to change as student numbers and routes may change throughout the school year. The entire transportation fee must be paid at the time of application and prior to riding (Complete fee or post dated cheques). The unused portion of submitted fees may be returned if transportation service is cancelled. Need additional information? Contact the District Transportation office @ 403.342.3733/3724.