Transportation Department

TCAPS Transportation Services

Bus service is provided to approximately 70% of TCAPS students and local private and parochial school students. Routes include more than 3,000 bus stops in a 300-square-mile area and drivers travel more than 7,000 miles per day.

District Boundary Map – view boundary areas for all TCAPS schools

Inclement Weather Announcements

Safety is of concern to all our bus drivers and transportation staff. Michigan weather can cause school closings, especially in winter. On days when weather may make traveling difficult, a decision on whether to cancel school is made by 4:30 a.m., if possible, and by 6:00 a.m. at the latest. School cancelations are broadcast on all local television and radio stations, and a special “hotline” at 231.933.1955.
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School Year Bus Hotline: 231.933.1955

      For school closings, late bus notifications, etc. 

Driving Concerns/Routing Questions: 231.933.1933

Viewing Your Bus Route Online

To view the most up-to-date bus route information for your student, login to your External LinkPowerSchool Parent Portal. Select Forms on the left. Scroll down to the Transportation section, click on the [TCAPS] Transportation Bus Route Information form. Google DocClick here for questions about the parent portal or if you have not yet activated your account. For technology assistance, email

Please note that bus stops and/or pick up/drop off times may change throughout the school year should new students need to be added to existing routes. Although we will do our best to keep you informed, it may not always be possible for us to let you know of time/stop changes in advance. We recommend that you check this information frequently throughout the school year, especially during the first few weeks of the school year.

2023 Transportation Updates

2023 BATA Transportation Communications

School Bus Safety Tips

School Buses are like traffic signals. When overhead lights are flashing yellow prepare to stop. When overhead lights are flashing red, stop! When hazard warning lights are flashing, proceed with caution.

School Bus Safety Tips

  • A trusted adult should be at your child’s bus stop every morning and every evening.
  • Children should be cautioned about the danger of strangers.
  • Be at least five minutes early to catch the bus.

School Bus Danger Zones

Did you know there are areas to stay clear of when getting on and off the bus? Because school buses are so large, there are blind spots around the bus where it can be hard to see small children as they are preparing to board or after exiting a bus. Parents can help bus drivers keep children safe by discussing the danger zones shown in the photo on the left.

Bus-Danger-Zones - front and back of the bus most dangerous, watch for danger from passing traffic

Danger zone showing walking areas versus danger from passing cars

There are blind spots where the bus driver can lose sight of a child:

  • Front Danger Zone: It is never safe to walk close to the front of the bus. Children should walk five giant steps ahead of the bus before crossing in front of it.
  • Side Danger Zone: Children should always stay three giant steps away from the side of the bus.
  • Rear Danger Zone: Never walk behind the school bus.
  • Rear Danger Zone: Walk (don’t run) three giant steps away from the bus when exiting the bus. When the bus approaches, step back from the curb at least three giant steps.

Getting On and Off the Bus

  • Never run to catch the bus.
  • If you have to walk on roads where there is no sidewalk, walk against traffic and out of the road.
  • Stay out of the road and wait for the bus to stop before you walk to it.
  • Make sure you can see the bus driver’s eyes when boarding or crossing in front of the bus.
  • If you must cross the street to get to the bus, always look left, then right, then left again.
  • Use the handrail when you exit the bus.
  • Make sure there are no dangling pieces of clothing, drawstrings on hoods, untied shoestrings, key chains or backpack straps that could get caught on the handrail or in the bus door.
  • If you drop something under or near the bus, don’t pick it up until you tell the bus driver. Otherwise, the driver may not see you.
  • If you leave something on the bus, don’t run after the bus to get it.