School addresses can be found below
We have provided this information to familiarize you with our transportation procedures and guidelines as they relate to your child’s transportation. A complete student transportation handbook is available at your child’s school. Please be reminded that transportation is provided for eligible students only, and it is the responsibility of parents to get their children to and from the bus stop.
Concerns regarding transportation, call the EAA’s Transportation Department at (313) 852-1420.
1. Regular education elementary-middle school students (Kindergarten through 8th grade) living more than ¾ of a mile from their assigned school are eligible to receive free transportation. All student who will be riding an EAA bus to school must have an application filled out. A bus application can be picked up at his/her school or downloaded here.
2. Regular education high school students (grades 9-12) living more than 1 ½ miles from their assigned schools according to their address in Powerschool are eligible to receive free transportation through DDOT. (See below)
3. Transportation for special education students will be determined through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each student.
4. Pre-K transportation is not provided.
The parent or staff shall complete a K-8 transportation application, which can be filled out here, or fill out a paper application at the school.
Once the transportation office receives a completed application, we will provide the parent with bus stop information for the student within 48 hours (if they qualify).
- Students are eligible for transportation by school bus provided they are more than .75 miles from the school and reside within the attendance area.
- Each school has a list of pre-approved available stops and there are no additional stops being added at this time
- Please arrive at least 5 minutes before posted stop time
- It is the parent’s responsibility to provide adult supervision during a child’s walk to and from the assigned pickup/drop off location.
- All students receiving transportation are expected to adhere to the safety and discipline policy of the district.
- The application can be picked up at his/her school or filled out here.
If your child attends one of our elementary-middle schools, you can find his/her route below by clicking on their school (Route information can also be found out by calling the individual school):
DDOT Bus Passes for High School Students
The parent, student or staff shall complete a DDOT transportation application, which can be filled out online by clicking here, or by filling out a paper application at the school. Once the transportation office receives a completed application, we will provide the school with a pass for the student within 48 hours (if they qualify).
- Students must complete a DDOT application before a DDOT pass will be issued.
- Students must reside at least 1.5 miles from attending school (based upon address in PowerSchool)
- Students are able to use bus passes from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday only
- Student passes are good for all DDOT routes only, and any transfers the student may encounter
- DDOT or the EAA shall not replace any stolen or lost passes – NO EXCEPTIONS
For any questions please use the following methods to contact DDOT: DDOT Customer Service Representatives:(313) 933-1300 or (313) 224-4400
Bus rules are listed in the student transportation handbook. Please keep in mind that riding a school bus is considered a privilege. The school bus is considered an extension of the school and students are expected to be act in an appropriate manner. Bus discipline is handled by your child’s building principal or designee.
New Student and New Address
Student assignments to buses due to new enrollment or new addresses may take up to five business days. New eligible students are informed of the nearest existing bus stop based upon the student’s reported home or transportation address. If there is no existing bus stop within the District’s bus stop guidelines, a new stop will be created. Our desire is to place students as soon as possible, but the new student or new address must be reported to the attending school before a bus or other means of school transportation can be assigned. If a new stop must be created, the parent will be responsible for the transportation until a permanent bus stop is established.
Please Arrive Early to Your Bus Stop
Students need to be at the bus stop at least five minutes before their scheduled pick up time.
Student Safety: A Shared Responsibility
The safety of EAA students remains a shared responsibility. Parents are responsible for getting students on the bus safely. Education Achievement Authority responsibility begins when the student boards the bus and ends when the student disembarks the bus at the end of the scheduled school day. Parents must consider the prevailing climate of the neighborhoods in which they live. If parents believe their neighborhood is unsafe, they should take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their children while walking to and from bus stops and/or while waiting for the bus to arrive.
Special Needs Transportation
Bus stops for most students are portal to portal, which means that the school bus or other means of transportation will pick up and drop off the student at the most suitable public access location as determined by the Transportation Department.
There may be times during the school year where it may be necessary to cancel school due to adverse weather conditions. Every attempt will be made to provide the parents and students with information on school closings as early as possible. All announcements will be communicated on all local radio stations, local television stations, and our website – www.icansoar.org
Q. Isn’t the school district required to transport my child?
A. Under the Michigan Department of Education’s rules for transportation, school districts provide transportation as an extra benefit. By law, they are not required to transport regular education children. Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 380.1321 outlines the obligations of the school district IF its board of education elects to provide transportation. Under Article 3 of the Revised School Code, the school district is obligated to provide for the transportation of a special education student if the Individualized Educational Planning Committee (IEPC) has determined that the transportation is a specialized service which is included within and necessary to carry out the student’s IEP.
Q. My child is starting kindergarten. Will the bus pick my child up in front of my house?
A. If the district chooses to provide kindergarten transportation, then parents are responsible to get their children to the closest assigned bus stop. There are no special laws or regulations for transporting regular education students enrolled in kindergarten. EAA provides corner stop bus service. Transportation will be provided in accordance with the requirements of MCL 380.1321, Section 55 of the Pupil Transportation Act, and local district policy with regard to the placement of the bus stop.
Q. Is there a law about how far my child has to walk to the bus stop?
A. The law does not specify a maximum distance a student may walk to the bus stop.
Q. What about the safety of my child getting to and from the bus stop? There are no sidewalks where we live and it’s not very safe walking on the busy road we live on.
A. Please remember it is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to see that a child gets safely to and from the bus stop. The school district provides transportation as a non-mandated service and establishes placement of the bus stops in accordance with the requirements of the law.
Q. What should I do if my student’s bus runs late or doesn’t show up at all?
A. Contact the bus company that usually transports your student. If you don’t know the contractor, please contact the transportation department at (313) 852-1420.
Q. My 6-year old has to walk 3-blocks to a bus stop when the bus goes right by my house, can’t the bus stop and pick her up?
A. When a district decides to provide transportation as an extra benefit, policies are set to allow for an efficient transportation system and the bus routes are developed to allow students to be transported in an efficient manner. Even though buses go right by your house, they also go by many other students’ homes while traveling around the city. We can’t stop and pick up your child without doing the same for other students.
Q. Can my child ride another school bus or get off at a different stop to visit a friend?
A. Because of safety concerns students are only allowed to use their assigned bus stop.
Q. How can I tell where the DDOT bus stops are located?
A. Bus stop signs in the DDOT service area are in the process of being changed. You will still see older signage in some areas as this transition is underway.
Q. How do I identify my DDOT bus?
A. DDOT buses are white with distinctive green and yellow stripes and the DDOT logo. The name and number of the bus route is displayed on the head sign located above the windshield of each bus.
Q. How do I signal to the driver that I want to exit the DDOT bus?
A. Signal for your stop a block ahead by pulling the bell cord found above the window or by pressing the signal strip between the windows. For safety reasons, use the rear door when exiting and push the bar on the rear door after the green light is activated. The door will automatically open for you to exit.
Q. What happens if a passenger breaks the bus rules or causes trouble on the DDOT bus?
A. Consequences for inappropriate behavior on the bus may range from the passenger being asked to depart from the bus by the bus driver or the driver requesting assistance from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department in removing the passenger from the bus.
Q. What happens if I leave an item behind on the DDOT bus?
A. If a passenger should leave any personal items on the bus and it is found by the driver, it will be kept by the driver until the end of the shift and returned to the Coolidge or Gilbert terminal depending on the route. Please contact the DDOT Customer Service Line at (313) 933-1300 or (313) 224-4400.
Q. What happens if I lose my DDOT pass or it is stolen?
A. Per DDOT policy, DDOT does not replace lost or stolen bus passes.
Transportation Phone Numbers
Transportation Office: (313) 852-1420
Trinity Transportation-East: (313) 228-4522
Trinity Transportation-West: (313) 228-4521
First Student Transportation: (248) 336-7601
Checker Cab Transportation: (313) 963-5005 Ext. 222