Transportation

2024-2025 Bussing Updates

Bus registration will open during the summer.
Eligible students needing a bus during the 2024-2025 school year will be able to register when registering for school. Bus stop assignments will be available in early-August. For more information regarding busing eligibility, please visit the following link: West Ada School District - Attendance Areas.

Non-bus zones for all schools are subject to change as pedestrian improvements in the community are made.
Transportation is not provided for students who live within the non-bus zones for their nearest appropriate school. We determine the non-bus zones for every school and neighborhood following the same guidelines. Per Idaho Code, non-bus zones are based on a 1.5 mile distance utilizing neighborhood streets, major streets with sidewalks, and crosswalks with consideration given to hazards. The non-bus zones evaluated at least every 3 years and implemented after much consideration and board approval.

Students living in the non-bus zone may request to register as an "ineligible rider". Registration for ineligible riders will be permitted as space on busses allows. No new stops will be created for ineligible riders.

All students will be given an RFID bus badge.
We're excited to introduce a new initiative designed to enhance the safety and efficiency of our school bus transportation services. Students at all levels will begin carrying a Bus Badge when boarding the bus. Secondary students will need to carry them on their person and elementary students will need to have these badges attached to their backpacks. Elementary student badges will NOT have their photos on their student badges.

We believe this program will bring several benefits to your child's school bus experience. Parents will have access to information about when their child boarded and exited the bus, enhancing peace of mind. The Bus Badge system will also help us maintain an accurate list of students using transportation, which in turn allows us to maximize route efficiency. 

Elementary School of Choice bus stops will be located regionally rather than in neighborhoods.
Regional Stops will be situated within 1.5 miles of bus riders' residences and licensed daycares within the bus zones. Students outside the bus zone will be allowed to utilize the closest available stop. Our Transportation Department team is diligently working to identify suitable locations, such as parks, trailheads, and other spaces, where multiple students can conveniently wait for their bus. Bus stop assignments will be available in early-August.

West Ada Transit System (WATS) stops will be located using the Regional Stop method.
Regional Stops will be situated within 1.5 miles of bus riders' residences.

Rebound School of Opportunity will have limited bussing.
Rebound School of Opportunity will be added to the West Ada Transit System (WATS) in the morning. Bussing will only be provided for AM session students; no PM session bussing will be available.

Students attending the AM session will be able to utilize WATS to get to school, and we will be setting up a midday WATS for students to return to their stops in the afternoon. Bus stop information will be available in early-August.

Students will be required to have a Temporary Bus Pass signed by a school administrator to board any bus they are not assigned to.
To assist drivers and add another level of bus security, schools will now use a standardized temporary bus pass for students riding to/from an unassigned bus stop.  School office staff will accept a note/email/phone call from a guardian indicating the temporary bussing change. The school will write the bus pass and the student can pick it up at the office.

Gifted and Talented (GT) elementary bussing will be limited. We are excited to see these programs transition into the home schools.
Pull-out GT program shuttles to Andrus from Eagle, Eagle Hills, Star, Seven Oaks, and Galileo will be eliminated.
Contained GT shuttles will not change next year. (Shuttle Information | West Ada School District)
Contained GT direct bus routes will not include any new bus stops next year.

Multilingual Learners (ML) programs will be immersive programs within the home schools.
Bus stops created to accommodate 2023-2024 ML students attending programs at a school other than their neighborhood home school will be eliminated.

WELCOME!

We are dedicated to providing safe and reliable bus service for the students at West Ada School District. For the 2024-2025 school year, we are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Durham School Services for bussing. Together, we will work toward the goal of transporting students safely, on time, and with open communication. Our top priority is to ensure students arrive at school ready to learn and return home safely each day.

During the first two weeks of school, we kindly ask for your patience with a grace period of +/- 15 minutes as students, families, and drivers adjust to new routes, drop-offs, pick-ups, and neighborhood traffic. Please note that during this time, drivers will be maintaining bus manifests to document the number of students on each route. Based on these manifests, we will be making adjustments to improve route efficiency, so bus stop times may change. Register for My Ride K-12 to receive notifications if changes occur.

For the 2024-2025 school year, we have implemented several improvements to better serve our West Ada students. You can find all the details in the Bussing Updates section above.

We believe riding a school bus can be a wonderful experience. Please let us know if there is any way we can support your student's bus journey. 

Have a great ride,
Miranda Carson
Director of Transportation and Planning

SAFETY TIPS:

Every school day, more than 9,000 students travel to bus stops and board one of more than 185 buses to get to school within West Ada School District schools. Many others walk, ride bikes, or drive themselves to school or are driven there by parents, other family members, or caregivers. All of these methods of getting to school have one thing in common: Safety. Here are some simple ways we can all help to keep children safe on their way to and from school:

NEED ASSISTANCE?

For help with any transportation concern please use our HelpDesk ticket system by selecting the image below:

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West Ada Bus and Non-Bus Zone Maps

IMPORTANT 2024-2025 INFORMATION: Bus zone and non-bus zone updates are complete for the 2024-2025 school year.

For more information regarding school attendance areas and busing eligibility, please visit the following link: West Ada School District - Attendance Areas

Non-bus zones are established based on Idaho Code and State Department of Education guidelines. Non-bus zones are subject to change as pedestrian improvements in the community are made.

Join Our School Bus Team!

We're thrilled to announce new job opportunities with Durham School Services for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year! Durham School Services, our new transportation contractor, is hiring CDL drivers, non-CDL drivers, and bus aides to help get our students to and from school safely.

These positions offer you summers off, competitive pay, bonus programs, and opportunities for CDL training. Plus, you'll be working with the best tiny customers you could ask for—our students!

If you’re interested in a rewarding job with a flexible schedule, visit National Express LLC to view current Meridian openings and apply today. Start your journey with us and make a difference in our students' daily lives. We can't wait to welcome you to the Meridian team!