Transportation Considerations

  • Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) currently uses a three-tier bus system. Under a three-tier structure, one bus can run three different routes for three different school start times - 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

    Because Minnesota is dealing with a bus driver shortage, three start times ensures we have enough bus drivers, reduces the number of buses needed for routes and reduces overall costs. One school bus typically costs $65,000 to operate for one school year. It’s important to note that transportation funding comes from the same money used for classrooms.

    SPPS strives to:

    • Keep student bus rides under 45 minutes.
    • Provide high quality, on-time bus service.
    • Limit the need to add more buses to minimize cost increases.
    • Allow route flexibility for weather and after-school activities.


    Metro Transit

    Metro Transit currently serves students at Gordon Parks High School, Johnson Senior High and Creative Arts Secondary (9-12). Unfortunately, Metro Transit does not have the capability to expand its partnership with SPPS due to lack of funding and resources.