Transportation

Bus Registration

Registration is now open for the 2023-2024 school year. Please register prior to June 15, 2023.

All students are required to be registered online for School Bus Service. This applies to students wanting to take the City Bus or the County (Yellow) Bus. Students will not be eligible for transportation (City Bus Pass or Rural Bus) until this registration is complete.

Parents/Guardians need to register their child(ren) to access this service
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Late registrations for bus service will be processed as best we can. There will be a $50 late fee per student and service may be delayed.

For families who do not qualify for free transportation and wish to access busing, payment arrangements can be made at the school.

School Bus Eligibility

City Transit Passes

Parents/guardians need to register their child(ren) to access this service.

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Late registrations for bus service will be processed as best we can. There will be a $50 late fee per student and service may be delayed.

 

Transportation fees apply to all students residing less than 2.4 km walking distance from their designated school. Alberta Education only provides Transportation Funding for students who reside more than 2.4 km (walking distance) from their designated school or their school of attendance. Please contact your school to inquire about applicable transportation fees.

 

CITY TRANSIT PASSES

All students living within the City of Red Deer and attending École Secondaire Notre Dame High School and students attending St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School and St. Francis of Assisi Middle School living in the southeast will be transported using City Transit services.

  • Students who are eligible will receive a restricted City of Red Deer Transit pass that is valid for the school year.
  • Upgrades to an unrestricted pass may be purchased for an additional fee. Students who are non-eligible riders may also purchase their bus pass at the school.
  • All passes are valid for the current school year. 

 

Bus pass rules of operation and ownership:

  • Bus passes are now Annual Passes
  • At the beginning of the school year, please select either “Restricted” or “Student” pass
  • Upgrading from a “Restricted” pass to “Student” pass may be done once, for the pro-rated fee
  • If a card is lost, we can replace the card for a $20.00 administration fee.  Please note that bus passes are now placed on the back of Student Id cards. Replacement cost for ID cards is $5.
  • Students wanting a Bus Pass still have to Register with the RDCRS Transportation Department via the website at https://www.rdcrs.ca/transportation
  • To receive a free “Restricted” pass the student has to be eligible (live a minimum 2.4 Kilometers away from the school), as measured on the RDCRS VersaTrans software system, but still within the City of Red Deer.
  • Selecting the upgraded “Student” pass will cost the eligible student $84.00 when the pass is issued
  • Any student that has to purchase a pass after the first month, will have the fee pro-rated
  • Passes are only to be used by the qualifying student that was originally issued the card
  • Any bus pass payment that is returned by the Bank will result in the card being immediately electronically cancelled and must be repaid to the school by cash, Debit or Credit before a replacement card can be issued
  • Moving within the City into the 2.4 Kilometer zone will result in the card being electronically cancelled
  • Moving within the City outside the 2.4 Kilometer zone will change the student to a Qualifying status

 

The fee structure for the bus passes are as follows:

Qualifying student, RESTRICTED pass is free for the school year

Qualifying student, STUDENT pass is $84.00 for the school year (pro-rated)

Ineligible student, RESTRICTED pass is $514.50 for the school year (pro-rated)

Ineligible student, STUDENT pass is $598.50 for the school year (pro-rated)

 

NEW City of Red Deer Transit Routes

Route 150 and Map

Route 151 and Map

Route 152 and Map

Route 153 and Map

Yellow School Bus Service

Registration is now open for the 2023-2024 school year. Please register prior to June 15, 2023. 

Parents/guardians need to register their child(ren) to access this service.

Register Now

Late registrations for bus service will be processed as best we can. There will be a $50 late fee per student and service may be delayed.

 

Yellow Bus Routes:

  • Bus stop locations are determined by the number of eligible students registered to use the service. 
  • We try our best not to relocate bus stops; however, it may happen from time to time.
  • RDCRS has an expectation that no bus stop will be further than 500 meters (0.5 km) for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 from a residence for eligible students. This does not apply to ineligible students as they may have to utilize the closest available stop. 
  • Eligible students in Grades 6-12 could be expected to have a walk distance to their bus stop between 500 meters to 800 meters (0.5 km - 0.8 km)
  • Buses will not be rerouted and stops will typically not be added for ineligible students. 
  • Bus stops are only created in residential areas. 
  • Commercial, retail, or office building areas will not be considered for a stop due to safety concerns. We try to keep buses out of crescents and closes due to safety reasons and ease of access as much as possible. 

For confirmation or additional information on transportation, please review our Transportation Frequently Asked Questions.

If your questions still remain unanswered, please contact the Transportation Department at transportationinfo@rdcrs.ca or by calling 403-309-8801.

Download the Bus Status App!

RDCRS School Bus app logo

Bus Status for iOS and Android notifies you when your school bus is cancelled or delayed.

Please download Bus Status at your earliest convenience to continue or to receive school bus notifications from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools. To install this app, please follow the directions below:

Step 1: Download the Bus Status app by Box Clever.

Step 2: Open the app and select Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools from the list (you only need to select your district the first time you open the app. Bus Status will remember your selection).

Step 3: Go to All Buses. Tap the star to add a bus to My Buses.

Step 4: You’ll receive a notification when one of your buses is Delayed, Cancelled, or Early.

Step 5: Tap the bell icon to see general Notifications from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

Parking Pass Sign Up

If your child would like to purchase a parking pass, for $20 for the year, they must complete the Student Parking Application prior to purchasing a parking pass.

Please use the link below to complete the form: CLICK HERE