Student Transportation

Welcome to the statewide student transportation system for students attending schools outside their district. These include catholic, private and charter schools, career & technical centers and schools for students with disabilities.This program maximizes the sharing of buses resulting in reduced costs to districts.

Rhode Island’s school districts are facing many dilemmas in meeting student needs with little or no increases in funding, and look to the state for not only direct education aid, but also for statewide solutions to issues not easily handled on a district by district basis.

Rhode Island has in the past few years made an active effort to streamline and make more efficient services provided to its citizens. RIDE works closely with school districts to increase efficiency and reduce costs. The Statewide Transportation System is one example of this work.

Do You Qualify for the Statewide Student Transportation System?

Take a look at eligibility requirements, transportation for students with disabilities and more.

Private, Catholic, Charter and Career & Technical School Transportation Request

THE ONLINE STUDENT REGISTRATION SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN FOR 2014/2015 SCHOOL YEAR TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS.

To request transportation for the 2014-2015 school year please register using the online student registration form below.

Request Transportation

General transportation deadlines/information:

Transportation requests for the Fall of each new school year must be received by July 31st and will be confirmed via a letter with your child's bus stop information. These letters will be mailed approximately 10 days prior to the beginning of each school year.

Transportation request forms submitted on or after August 1st of each year will receive a temporary bus stop assignment. Parents/Guardians will be notified of their temporary stop time and location by phone before the first day of school.

For students who receive a temporary stop assignment, permanent bus stop information will be provided by phone beginning the week of September 15, 2014.

To request transportation for the current school year (2013-2014) please register by calling the System Manager at 401-222-5024. Parents/Guardians will receive a phone call and (if requested) a letter with their student's bus stop assignment and pick up and drop off times.

Pre K students are not eligible for transportation.

Transportation requests for students with disabilities are submitted by the resident district Special Education Administrator.

School districts participating in the Statewide Transportation System for students traveling out of district

  • Barrington
  • Bristol-Warren
  • Burrillville
  • Central Falls
  • Chariho
  • Coventry
  • Cranston
  • Cumberland
  • East Greenwich
  • East Providence
  • Exeter West Greenwich
  • Foster
  • Glocester
  • Jamestown
  • Johnston
  • Lincoln
  • Little Compton
  • Middletown
  • Newport
  • North Providence
  • North Smithfield
  • Pawtucket
  • Portsmouth
  • Providence
  • Scituate
  • Smithfield
  • South Kingstown
  • Tiverton
  • Warwick
  • West Warwick
  • Woonsocket

To become eligible for transportation:

  1. You must reside in one of the participating districts listed above.
  2. You may only travel within your designated region below.
  3. Transportation is provided to and from your resident district.
  4. Regions do not apply for students with disabilities.

* Although all of the above districts participate in the statewide program, there are some routes that remain at the district level.
* Aunque todos los distritos anteriores participan en el programa estatal, hay algunas rutas que quedan a nivel del distrito.

Region 1 Region 2 Region 3
  • Burrillville
  • Cumberland
  • North Smithfield
  • Woonsocket
  • Coventry
  • East Greenwich
  • Foster
  • Glocester
  • Scituate
  • Warwick
  • West Warwick
  • Barrington
  • Bristol
  • Central Falls
  • Cranston
  • East Providence
  • Johnston
  • Lincoln
  • North Providence
  • Pawtucket
  • Providence
  • Smithfield
  • Warren
Region 4 Region 5
  • Charlestown
  • Exeter
  • Hopkinton
  • Jamestown
  • Narragansett
  • New Shoreham
  • North Kingstown
  • Richmond
  • South Kingstown
  • West Greenwich
  • Westerly
  • Little Compton
  • Middletown
  • Newport
  • Portsmouth
  • Tiverton

Students with disabilities:

Parents/Guardians of students with disabilities must request transportation through their local school district special education administrator.

The special education administrator will complete the student data form along with any pertinent information regarding the well being of the student.

The administrator's office will forward the transportation request to the System Manager’s office.

Transportation Holidays

Bus service is not available from the Statewide Transportation System on the following Federal and State Holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Victory Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Vacaciones de transporte

El Departamento de transportación estatal no proporcionar servicio de transporte de autobús escolar en los días de vacaciones del Gobierno Federal y el del estado enumerados a continuación:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Victory Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing/Delay Policy Information

Click on a link below for more information:

  • Students With Disabilities Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing/Delay Policy – English [PDF, 87KB] / En Espanol [PDF, 55KB]
  • Private/Catholic/Charter Schools and Career & Technical Center Students Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing/Delay Policy – English [PDF, 87KB] / En Espanol [PDF, 55KB]
  • Examples Of School Closing Situations - English / En Espanol
  • FAQ - English / En Espanol
  • Route Reference Tables For All Schools (Routes Affected By District) – AM [PDF, 255KB] / PM [PDF, 246KB]

Rhode Island has in the past few years made an active effort to streamline and make more efficient services provided to its citizens. This is needed both to improve the quality of the services provided and to use scarce fiscal resources to achieve maximum results. Rhode Island’s school districts are facing many dilemmas in meeting student needs with little or no increases in funding, and look to the state for not only direct education aid, but also for statewide solutions to issues not easily handled on a district by district basis. A top priority for both school districts and the state is a single statewide, efficient and well run transportation system for special education, non-public and other students who must go out of their school district for their education.

The Rhode Island General Assembly recently initiated the creation of a statewide transportation system for out-of-district special education and non-public school students under an amendment to Sections 16-21.1-7 and 16-21.1-8 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-21.12 entitled "Transportation of School Pupils Beyond City and Town Limits.” Ultimately, a statewide transportation system for all students that will encompass both within district and out-of-district transportation is planned with the out-of-district component as the first phase of this work.

Several geographic and demographic attributes unique to Rhode Island favor this initiative, including the state’s limited total land area and the second highest state population density in the United States.

The requirement for participation by all Rhode Island school districts (with an exception at this time for those districts that primarily own and operate their own systems) has been mandated by the State.

Currently RIDE's program is managed by Transpar Group with transportation services provided by First Student.