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 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.