Utica City School District Transportation Department
The transportation operation at the Utica City School District coordinates the transportation for more than 7,500 students daily. This includes more than 130 regular and special-education student trips, twice a day, to and from the school district's ten elementary schools, two middle schools and the high school. In addition, the transportation operation also serves the district's special needs students, parochial school students, daily student shuttles and various before-school and after-school programs.
The district applies a "double trip" procedure to many bus routes, such as transporting high school students to Proctor High School and then sending the same bus to transport elementary students to their respective schools. This plan makes the most use of our school buses and the staggered starting times for different grade levels and buildings.
School bus drivers are the most highly trained, tested and observed drivers on the road. Utica City School District bus drivers earn CDL Class B licenses with Air Brake, Passenger and School Bus endorsements. All are fingerprinted and criminal-history-cleared by NY DCJS and the FBI. They have annual medical exams and physical performance testing. They must pass drug and alcohol tests (including random) and in-service written and behind-the-wheel tests as required by NYSED. The total transportation staff includes both bus drivers and bus monitors employed by the Utica City School District as well as our contracted bus provider Durham School Services.
The goal of the Utica City School District's Transportation Department is to provide safe and reliable transportation for all students eligible. Our bus drivers, as well as our monitors, are trained and certified in public transportation services, as well as preparedness for any scenario that may occur. We are constantly looking for ways to improve that will ensure every child receives the best worry-free transportation services possible.
Please contact the school that your child attends if you have moved to a different address or need to set up daycare busing. Please note that bus changes can take 3-5 days to become effective.