School Bus Transportation

How do I find my regular bus route?
We use Infofinder for bus route information. Click on the link, type in your address and click search to locate your bus stop (and snow route stop.)

Visit our Frequently Ask Questions.

How do I find my snow bus route?

Snow bus routes are also posted on our Snow Routes webpage. Search for a snow route by clicking on your school. If you have more questions, visit our Weather Procedures and Snow Routes webpage.

What is a Hamster Pass?

Many of our elementary schools have been piloting a new Hamster Pass bus card. With this card, students who ride the bus “beep” when they get on and off the bus each day. This pilot project is phase two of our enhanced safety program on all school buses, implemented thanks to the 2016 voter-approved school bus levy.

Ready to Ride

Watch the video below to learn more about bus expectations and safety.


For a Spanish version of video above, click here.

For more safety tips visit our Safety To and From School webpage.

Other ways to get to and from school

Walking

Students living within a one-mile radius from school are expected to walk or bike to school. This is a straight-line, "as the crow flies", one-mile walking distance and should take approximately 20-30 minutes walking one way (this is an approximation of child's walking pace of 3 mph). To see whether your child is on a walk route, please check Infofinder Bus Route Locator.

Sixty minutes is the recommended amount of physical activity time for kids and teenagers every day. Increasing physical activity has positive effects on learning, physical and mental health. Walking or biking to and from school is a great way to incorporate more physical activity into the day. 

For safety tips visit Safety To and From School.

 

Walking Routes

The district partners with the City of Bellingham to support families with identifying school walk routes that are within one-mile of the school.  

Alderwood Elementary  

Birchwood Elementary

Carl Cozier Elementary

Columbia Elementary

Cordata Elementary

Geneva Elementary

Happy Valley Elementary

Lowell Elementary 

Northern Heights Elementary

Parkview Elementary

Roosevelt Elementary

Silver Beach Elementary

Sunnyland Elementary

Wade King Elementary

Fairhaven Middle

Kulshan Middle

Shuksan Middle

Whatcom Middle

Bellingham High

Sehome High

Squalicum High

Biking

Biking is a wonderful way for kids to be more physically active, get to and from school quickly, and learn more about independent transportation. 

When biking be sure to stay safe – wear bright colors and a helmet, turn on your bike lights, and follow the rules of the road. 

For more safety tips visit our Safety To and From School webpage. 

The City of Bellingham has been working to make our streets safer for bikes – look here for streets that are better to bike on and plan your route with Google maps. By selecting the bike as your travel option, Google maps will prioritize routes that are better for bikes.   

Check out these Bike Safety Videos made by Whatcom Smart Trips and look into the classes they hold to help Whatcom County bike riders feel confident and safe! 

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) Public Bus

If you need to get to or from school outside of regular school times or schedules, our WTA bus system has many convenient routes in Bellingham. There are 4 GO Lines that run buses every 15 minutes. Other routes run once every 30 minutes or every hour. To plan your trip visit WTA’s interactive map and Trip Planner or Google maps. By selecting the bus as your travel option, Google maps will give you bus stops and times to your destination.  

WTA bus fares/passes: 

  • Kids under 8 ride for free 
  • Youth 92-day pass is $40 
  • Youth 31-day pass is $15 

All seventh graders in Bellingham Public Schools learn how to ride the bus with Smart Trips during the spring. Smart Trips has opportunities for kids 11-15 across Whatcom County to learn how to navigate the WTA bus system outside of school as well. Email info@WhatcomsmartTrips.org or call 360-756-TRIP (8748) for more information.  

Carpool or Drive

Carpool 

If it is an option for you - a great way to save money, time, and reduce fuel emissions is to partner with nearby families for a carpooling schedule. 

  • Notice who else in your neighborhood is driving to and from school everyday.
  • Reach out to neighbors to see if they’re interested in carpooling.
  • Exchange information and decide who is driving which days.
  • Save money and enjoy some added company.

Driving

We encourage you to choose a transportation method other than driving, but if you are a student or parent driving to and from school, please follow our drop-off/pick-up guidelines: 

  • Be a good neighbor: 
    • Don’t park on surrounding private property, 
    • Don’t idle for more than 10 seconds – Idling wastes money, gas, and releases toxic vehicle emissions into the air around our schools. 
  • Drive without distractions, sober, go the speed limit, and wear a seat belt. Take the Target Zero Pledge to help Washington State achieve its goals of reducing traffic-related accidents. 

For more information about parking lot safety, picking up and dropping off at school visit Safety To and From School.

Rae Anne Thon
Director

Cheri Wolf
Admin. Assistant

360-676-6546