Important information about student transportation

August 30, 2017 — As families prepare for back to school, it is a good time to provide an update about student transportation.

This article describes:

  • student transportation eligibility based on the distance from home to school
  • courtesy riders
  • how to check for eligibility and pick-up/drop-off locations
  • links to more information

Providing safe, secure, on-time and cost-effective student transportation is the goal of Tri-Board Student Transportation Services Inc. Tri-Board provides transportation services to students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and other school boards.

Students may be eligible for transportation (busing) to and from school within the allowable limits defined by Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.


Student transportation eligibility*

  • JK to Grade 6
    • further than 1.6 km to school
    • further than 0.8 km to the bus pick-up


  • Grades 7 & 8
    • further than 3.2 km to school
    • further than 0.8 km to the bus pick-up


  • Grades 9 – 12
    • further than 3.2 km to school
    • further than 1.6 km to the bus pick-up

*The distances may be adjusted for hazardous conditions or for students with special needs.


Courtesy riders

Please be aware that transportation is not automatically provided to students who attend optional programs—for example the Arts Program, Destinations, French Immersion, or International Baccalaureate—and who live outside the boundary area for the host school. However, if surplus space is available on existing bus routes, students attending optional programs may be able to access transportation as courtesy riders. The number and types of buses and routes are reviewed annually due to ridership and route modifications in order to ensure an effective and sustainable student transportation system. Changes occur from year to year, which affect the amount of space available for courtesy riders.


How to check for transportation eligibility, pick-up and drop-off locations

Families can use an online look-up feature on the Tri-Board website to check for transportation eligibility. Go to www.triboard.ca > hover over the Eligibility menu item > click Transportation Eligibility Search > key in the information requested.

screen capture of transportation eligibility page on the Tri-Board website


Families can also check pick-up and drop-off times for their child on the Tri-Board website by scrolling to the Student Transportation Information at the bottom of the page. For security purposes, you are required to provide the child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN), birth date, school and grade.

screen capture of the look-up page on the Tri-Board website

More information

Contact information for Tri-Board Student Transportation Services

Website: www.triboard.ca

Email: [email protected]

Toll-free: 1-866-569-6638

Last updated: January 15, 2018 at 10:42 am
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