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2019-2020 Pay To Ride

Dear Parent/Guardian,


The Iowa City Community School District Transportation Department would like to notify you of the 2019-20 Pay to Ride Program.   


The Program details are listed below:


Program details


  • The program is provided on a space-available, time-available, first-come, first-served basis. Participation is limited according to capacity as determined by the District, and is available to students in grades K-12.
  • The program is only available on existing bus routes and at existing stops.  No additional routes and or stops will be considered for pay-to-ride students after the deadline.
  • Buses provided specifically for special education students are not eligible for this program.
  • Bus stop locations and times are assigned by North America Central School Bus (NACSB).
  • Availability of seats and location of bus stops is subject to change based on changes in enrollment, boundaries, and other factors determined by the District or NACSB, and can occur at any time. When changes to routes or stops occur, families utilizing pay-to-ride busing will be notified at the same time that the families of eligible students are notified.
  • Students must be picked up and dropped off at their assigned location only.  Pick-up and drop-off must be at the same location.
  • Requests for a change in a student’s bus stop will only be honored if the student’s address has changed.
  • No guest students will be allowed to ride along with pay-to-ride students.
  • All students riding the bus are subject to the rules and regulations of conduct and safety established by the District and NACSB. The District and NACSB use video cameras on school buses as a means to maintain a safe environment for students and staff.
  • Refunds will be granted for any unused full trimester purchased for the current school year. 
  • No refunds or rate adjustments will be made for days buses cannot operate because of weather or other circumstances beyond the control of NACSB or the District.
  • Payments can be made online via the District’s website or by mailing a check.  Fee is charged on a per year basis.


Payment and Fees for Service


  • Pay-to-ride fee is:
    • $438 per student, per year, round trip
    • $262 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for reduced price lunch
    • $0 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for free lunch
  • Full payments must be made in advance no later than June 14, 2019, to be included on a bus roster for the start of the school year.
Application Due Date Payment Due
June 3, 2019 June 14, 2019
  • Applications will be accepted after the due dates while capacity remains on existing routes. (Note: Students will only be assigned to existing bus stops and routes; buses will not be re-routed to accommodate requests.)
  • Students are not eligible to ride until payment is received and application is approved.


Application Process


  1. To apply for pay-to-ride busing, please download the following form:
    • Pay-to-Ride Student Transportation Application   

  1. Payment can be made online or checks should be made payable to Iowa City Community School District


  1. Mail or bring your application and payment, if paying by check, to the following address:

Iowa City Community School District

Att.: Esme Davis

1725 N Dodge Street

Iowa City, IA 52245

  1. Iowa City Community School District will begin processing applications upon receipt, in the order they are received.  Each application and payment will be kept on file until it is determined the student is eligible for a seat on the bus.


If you are interested in participating in this pay-to-ride program please return the application no later than June 3, 2019 and payment must be made in advance no later than June 14, 2019, to be considered for a bus roster for the start of the school year.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or by phone.