Pupil Transportation

Pupil Transportation ServicesStudent looking out the back of the bus

The State Education Department has oversight responsibility for school district provision of pupil transportation services to resident pupils attending public and nonpublic schools. Approximately 2.3 million pupils, or ten percent of the nation’s pupils, ride our 50,000 school buses each day. The 2008-09 statewide cost of services is approximately $2.8 billion with state aid of $1.5 billion. The Department processes 5,400 contracts and extensions annually for the delivery of services by private contractors. District owned school buses provide approximately half of all services and private school bus contractors provide the other half.

The Department also has jurisdiction over the qualifications for hiring school bus drivers, monitors and attendants.  It has established in regulation specific safety training requirements which help insure safe transportation for all pupils. The Department administers the School Bus Driver Safety Training Program which uses 1,000 School Bus Driver Instructors to provide school bus drivers, monitors and attendants with a comprehensive introduction to safety training and annual refresher training. 

News & Notes


04/08/15 - Parkway restrictions for school buses on Long Island.

If any school district transportation office or transportation operator has a question on what vehicles are permitted on the NYS Parkways in Region 10 (Suffolk and Nassau Counties) please call: New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation -
Long Island Region: (631) 669-1000.

They should be able to help you with any direction or guidance concerning this.


03/20/15 -  Non-Allowable Pupil Decimal Preparation and Filing - State Aid Website

03/10/15  - The May C.P.I. rate to be used for 2015-2016 Pupil Transportation Contract Extensions will be available June 18, 2015.

02/12/15  -  The Office of Pupil Transportation at NYSED would like to thank two leaders in the Pupil Transportation field for drafting this article on the dangers of dragging incidents, where children are caught in school bus doors, and carried for a distance. This poses a great risk to the children you transport, and we urge all of those responsible for pupil transportation to engage in training to prevent further incidents. Please read this article for more information.   PDF ICON  (312KB)

07/02/14  -  Master Instructor Preparation Program

06/17/14  - The May 2014 CPI for the 2014-2015 school year contract extensions is 1.9%.

02/14/14  - Reducing School Bus Idling - Requirements and Notice Materials for School Districts

01/06/14 - Memo on Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. (“Atlantic Express”) Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing

06/18/13 - The C.P.I. used for contract extensions for the 2013-2014 school year is 1.4%

11/13/12 -  Preparing an SED File Review - An online training webinar on “Preparing for an SED File Review”  recorded on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 is now available.
                    1.) Preparing for an SED File Review - A PowerPoint Presentation PDF ICON  (2,610KB)
                    2.) SED File Checklist
                    3.) Tips For Keeping Paperwork Under Control  PDF ICON (938KB) 

04/12/12 -

  1. All requests for NPO, NPC, and PIRP room approvals.
  2. Certificates for school bus driver, monitor and attendant - Basic and Advanced Courses of Instruction.
  3. Requests for lost certificates.
  4. MV 104F for school bus accidents (the NY State Education Department copy).

    Should be sent to: 
    Pupil Transportation Safety Institute
    10 Adler Drive, Suite 102
    East Syracuse, New York  13057

    Phone: 315-475-1386 or 1 800-836-2210
    Fax:     315-475-5033

    PTSI Website   External Link

02/10/12 - The 2011 status of pilot programs to assist school districts in the formation of regional pupil transportation systems.  PDF ICON (1.13MB)

02/02/12 - New York State Pupil Transportation Director Named

05/03/11 - Better use of school buses. Do you need a seat for every student?

01/11/11 - Important Notice: 2011 Professional Development Seminar (PDS) for SBDIs (1/11/11)

10/20/10 - Regional Transportation Pilot Study PDF ICON (25KB)

10/20/10 - Planning Information for 2011 Professional Development Seminar (PDS)

03/03/09 - Eligibility distances for schools under a contingency budget.

03/03/09 - Requirements for Student School Bus Safety Drills. School districts are required to conduct training and three (3) safety drills for all students at prescribed times during each school year. The superintendent certifies to SED that the instruction and drills have been conducted for all pupils.


Last Updated: April 8, 2015