Thanks to the passage of a new-money levy in November, Toledo Public Schools this school year is able to offer rides to and from school to an estimated 11,000 students.
Details about the resumption of transportation for most students were announced at a news conference at Start High School on Thursday, August 6, that included representatives from TPS and the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority.
With school underway, students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade who live more than one mile from the school they attend are being transported on yellow school buses owned by the district. In addition, high school students who live more than one mile from their school are using bases that allow them to travel to and from school on TARTA buses.
Each elementary school has information on the routes that service that particular school. Elementary information is available by calling or visiting the school (all addresses and phone numbers for schools can be found under the Schools tab at www.tps.org). Parents and guardians wanting to determine the schools their students are eligible to attend and the available bus stops should click here: WebQuery. (There is also a helpful street map). Just enter a student's information and click "Go."
For the past five years, there has been no transportation for high school students and only elementary students living more than two miles from their school could get a ride on a yellow bus - restrictions that had to be made because of budget cuts.
James Gee, TARTA's general manager, said he is happy to again be transporting TPS high school students.
“Tomorrow’s leaders are attending class today. Ensuring they have access to education with safe, dry and warm transportation enables students to focus their attention on getting an education, not how they’ll get to school,” he said.
The eligible high school students from TPS will be picked up and dropped off at TARTA stations near their homes. They can click on this link to be taken directly to a list of routes on TARTA's website: http://tarta.com/schools/
To make sure high school students are not on the bus too long, TARTA has developed several new cross-town and neighborhood routes specifically to serve them. Transferring buses in the downtown area has been limited and students may also ride standard-service TARTA routes. One note: TARTA buses that provide school service will carry students as well as non-students.
Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/superintendent of TPS, made sure to thank the voters who passed the November levy for 5.8 mills. The TPS Board of Education promised it would reinstate expanded bus transportation if that levy passed.
"This is the next step in continuing the positive momentum we are building across the district and ensuring our students succeed in the classroom,” Dr. Durant said.
Both TARTA and TPS acquired buses and staff to accomodate the expanded bus service. Toledo Public Schools acquired 16 new and 25 used yellow buses, hired an additional 13 full-time drivers and is in the process of hiring substitute drivers. TARTA acquired 26 previously used buse and added 18 drivers and eight mechanics.
Anyone needing more information on busing in general or about the specifics of the TPS/TARTA partnership, can click here: Frequently Asked Questions
Updated on August 28, 2015