Walking Distances for Bus Transportation - Information and Parent Survey

The APS Transportation Department provides school bus transportation to more than 10,000 eligible students throughout the district. Student eligibility for transportation is based on the APS Board of Education policy on walking distance to schools, safety factors, and circumstances related to a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

APS is currently studying the possibility of reducing student walking distances, which would expand transportation services to more students. The district would like to collect parent feedback to share with the board. 

Please review the FAQ on this page and then click on the survey link below to provide your feedback. 

The survey is now closed. Thank you for your participation!

Bus Transportation Walking Distances
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What is the current APS Board policy regarding bus transportation and student walking distances?

According to Board of Education Policy EEAA, students are eligible for school bus transportation if they reside beyond the following walking distances to the schools within their attendance areas:

  • Grades K-5 and K-8: 1¼ miles
  • Grades 6-8: 2 miles
  • Grades 9-12: 3 miles

School bus transportation may be provided with some exceptions due to circumstances related to a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or the lack of a safe walk path. The full policy is available for review at aurorak12.org/pol-reg/SectionE/eeaa.pdf.

Under the current Board policy, how many APS students are eligible for school bus transportation?

Based on October 1, 2019 student count data, 9,230 general education students and 856 special education students were eligible for transportation.  

How many of the eligible students does APS actually transport?

Based on October 1, 2019 student count data, 5,073 general education students rode the bus, which is 55% of the total number eligible for transportation. On the same date, 638 special education students rode the bus, which is 75% of the total number eligible for transportation.

What is the current APS transportation budget?

The 2019-20 APS transportation budget is $8,988,081. The Transportation Department budget is spent on fleet and vehicle maintenance services and transportation personnel salaries and benefits. The budget is allocated for annual expenses only, with no additional funds available at year end.

What is the cost for APS to reduce elementary and P-8 walk distances from 1.25 to 1 mile?

The initial start-up cost would be approximately $1,000,000. After the first year, the recurring cost would be approximately $351,000, based on current ridership trends.

What is the cost for APS to reduce the middle school walk distances from 2 to 1.5 miles?

The initial start-up cost would be approximately $701,000. After the first year, the recurring cost would be approximately $200,000, based on current ridership trends.

What is the cost for APS to reduce the high school walk distances from 3 to 2 miles?

The initial start-up cost would be approximately $450,000. After the first year, the recurring cost would be approximately $150,000, based on current ridership trends.

NOTE: The total cost to expand transportation services to all grade levels would be approximately $2.15 million the first year and the recurring annual cost would be approximately $700,000.

How do APS walk distances compare to other districts?

The chart below provides a comparison of transportation facts for the 2017-18 school year, the most recent year for which this data is available.

Metro Area Transportation Data

Distances

Pupil  Count

District Square Miles

Elem  Walk to School

Middle Walk to School

High Walk to School

Elem Walk to Bus 

Stop

Middle Walk to Bus Stop

High Walk to Bus Stop

Adams 12

38,870

62

1.25

1.5

2.5

1.25

1.5

2.5

APS

40,920

121

1.25

2

3

.5

1

1.5

Brighton 27J

17,883

256

1

1.5

2

1

1.5

2

Cherry Creek

55,657

108

1

1.5

2

1

1.5

2

Denver

92,331

155

1

2.5

2.5

1

2.5

2.5

Douglas

68,000

944

1

2

2

1

2

2

St. Vrain

28,109

411

1.5

2.5

2.5

.75

.75

.75

Westminster

9,441

14

1

1.5

1.5

1

1.5

1.5

Source:  Oehm Consulting Services, July 2018

How does APS Transportation cost per transported student compare to other districts?

The chart below provides a comparison of transportation facts for the 2017-18 school year, the most recent year for which this data is available.

Cost Per Transported Student  

 

Total Transported

Total Costs

CDE Miles

Cost per Pupil

Pupil Cost per 1000 Miles

Average

     

$1,199

$1.08

Adams 12

6,462

$9,544,432

1,560,931

$1,477 

$0.95

Aurora

10,952

$8,083,599

1,403,327

$738

$0.53

Brighton 27J

3,118

$6,512,264

1,556,680

$2,089

$1.34

Cherry Creek

25,412

$20,725,395

2,588,068

$816

$0.32

St Vrain

6,900

$8,898,521

1,966,542

$1,290

$0.66

Westminster

3,907

$3,069,105

289,880

$786

$2.71

Source:  Oehm Consulting Services, July 2018