BHS South Brookline Optional School Bus Service FAQ

The School Committee Transportation Policy states that students who reside more than 1.5 miles away from their enrolled school will be eligible for bus service. Registration for this service will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

You can calculate the walking distance between your residence and your school via Google Maps. The starting point address will be your home, and the destination address is 115 Greenough Street (main building of Brookline High School.)

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education states that distance should not exceed one mile between the bus stop and the student’s property. Most PSB bus stops are less than .34 miles from a student’s home property line.

$400 per student. The fee covers a seat on a school bus to and from school at a prescribed time.

The School Committee approved the fee, and the Annual Town Meeting approved the budget request for the 2018 -19 school year. It is expected to be approved for the 2019-20 school year at the same price.

The pickup and drop off times will be determined after registration closes and we know how many students will be riding the bus. Bus stops are expected to cover those living in a .34 mile radius or less. There are two arrival times and dismissal times for this program.

  • Early AM Arrival: 7:00 – 7:05 a.m. (before Z Block)
  • AM arrival: 8:00 – 8:07 a.m.
  • Regular Departure: Buses Depart at 3:10 p.m.
  • Late PM Departure: 4:10 p.m.
  • Friday Departure: 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday Late PM Departure: 3:15 p.m.

Please note that departure times are proposed to be pushed back 5 minutes from 2018-19 and that the above schedule is only tentative.

We plan to have bus stops at or near OLS. The Transportation Coordinator will be reviewing and testing site options for both bus drop-offs and pick-ups at OLS and manage the timing of stops with that at the main campus. The schedule will be updated on this document as well as on the transportation web page.

Yes, provided that your child has a “ride share partner” that is going to purchase/register for the other half of the round trip service. Both the AM and PM seat must be registered for the ride share to be approved. There will be a field in the online registration process for you to name the “ride share partner.” As long as both parties register and are approved, we can accommodate consistent one-way ride shares.

The plan for the second year of this optional program is to continue utilizing two dedicated buses, with each bus making two runs for the arrival and departure times described above.

This is the most efficient way to operate the bus service under the terms of the bus contract. In short, we have a set price to get the bus on the road, and that price is the same if we operate the bus for 90 minutes or up to four hours. So, having the seat filled two times by paying users helped make the cost of the program, initially, acceptable to the School Committee and Annual Town Meeting for approval.

At this time, the 4:10 PM bus will be the last bus run from BHS to South Brookline.

Registration for 2019-20 BHS South Brookline bus service is expected to begin the week of March 5 and close on April 19, 2019.

Should PSB receive more requests than there are seats available for a particular time slot, we will have a lottery to determine placement. We expect to be able to give notice about bus trip preferences the week of May 20, 2019. Specific routes and bus stop times are expected to be determined by August 15, 2019.

If a lottery is needed, it will be held at BHS the second week of May. We will also notify families the next few days of the arrival and departure assignment. Those registered for bus service are welcome to attend. There is no advantage given to those who attend the lottery if one is needed.

Yes, though placement is not guaranteed and first preference of ride time is less likely based on the first year of the service. In 2018-19, the regular AM arrival time was the most popular preference and did fill up with the initial registration.

Generally, students are not allowed to change their arrival or departure runs. While we may be able to offer flexibility in the regular departure or late departure bus, we ask that students ride at their assigned time until further notice.

Yes, families are given an opportunity to withdraw from the program before service begins. Withdrawal deadline will be determined before registration closes on May 1, 2019.

Yes, if we are unable to assign your child to a bus, PSB will refund your payment. There is no plan to add a third bus at this time. We will keep a waitlist for any folks registered that did not get placed on the bus. If your child is not riding the bus, PSB will refund the payment.

No, the AM courtesy bus will not be available.

As the student population continues to grow, PSB cannot guarantee this service will continue in future years. Nor can we guarantee a seat for everyone that could show up for a seat. As part of the discussion at Town Meeting, the courtesy bus service will be replaced with a more equitably available and roundtrip service.

The MBTA determines if they will provide this service or not. Space is limited on this bus as well and complaints about consistency regarding departure time and evening showing up have been raised. You may call the MBTA customer support line at 617-222-3200.

The bus fee is optional. Parents are responsible for getting their students to and from school. Neighborhood carpools, walking, drop off, MBTA and the AM courtesy bus are how BHS students from South Brookline have traveled to BHS in the past.

Students will be given a color-coded bus pass to show the driver when entering the bus. Bus drivers will also have a list of stops and students assigned at each stop.

Transportation Board and Public Transportation Advisory Council letters of support for creating this program are linked on the PSB Transportation page.

You can call the parent support line at 855.832.5226. You also can email MySchoolBucks or call Evan Schwatrz at 617-730-2452.

Yes, provided case or bag fits in the child’s lap and does not take up a seat reserved for another student. Note: The early AM bus was not full for 2018-19 and some flexibility to ride on that bus may be an option to bring that instrument or equipment to school.

BHS Front Office. Bus Passes will be made available 7 days before the first day of school.

Contact Evan Schwartz, Transportation Coordinator, to get a replacement pass, at 617-730-2452.

Please report any behavioral problems to the Dean’s Office at BHS.

Any student that is enrolled in Brookline Public Schools through METCO or Materials Fees is not eligible for this service.

Checks can be made payable to the Public Schools of Brookline, Please include your childs name along with South Brookline Bus in the memo. They can be dropped off with Lindsey Chapin at the BERC office at 24 Webster Place.