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2021-22 Pay-to-Ride Transportation Program

The Iowa City Community School District Transportation Department will again offer the Pay-to-Ride Transportation Program for the 2021-22 school year.  Below please find information on the program as well as instructions on how to apply.

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).
  • The 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.  The fee is charged on a per year basis. 

Payment and Fees for Service 

  • Pay-to-ride fee is:
    • $535 per student, per year, round trip
    • $321 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 no later than June 11, 2021, to be included on a bus roster for the start of the school year.
  • Applications will be accepted after the due date 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 the application is approved. 

Application Process 

  1. To apply for pay-to-ride busing, please download the following form:
    Pay-to-Ride Student Transportation Application: https://www.iowacityschools.org/Page/18688      
  2. Payment can be made online or checks should be made payable to Iowa City Community School District. Online payments can be made at https://iowa-city.revtrak.net/Pay-to-Ride/#/list
  3. Mail your application and payment, if paying by check, to the following address:
    Iowa City Community School District
    Attn: Transportation Department
    1725 N Dodge Street
    Iowa City, IA 52245

If you are interested in participating in the Pay-to-Ride Program, please return the application and payment no later than June 10, 2021, to be considered for a bus roster for the start of the school year.

If you have any questions, contact Esme Davis, Transportation Manager, at davis.esme@iowacityschools.org.