BUS PASSES ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO PRINT OR DOWNLOAD TO SMARTPHONE.For the 2021-22 school year, please review your student's bus route. Stops and schedules have been updated to reflect current ridership. Please review the stops prior to the first day of school. You can find the stops and schedules on this page: Bus Stops and Routes.
Instructions for Downloading Bus Pass from Aspen (September 1, 2021)
1) Log into Aspen*: https://aspen.newton.k12.ma.us/
2) Click on Family Tab at the top
3) Click on Child's Name
4) Click on Documents Side Tab
5) Look for and download Bus Pass 2021-2022 document
Please visit the bus pass information and health and safety protocols page for the 2021-22 school year.**Bus seats are available from the full desktop site. If you are on a mobile device, once you log in, click on the Menu button in the top left corner and then select View Full Site.BUS REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR HAS REOPENED.
PLEASE NOTE: It is possible that if you register AFTER SEPTEMBER 1ST, your registration will not be processed prior to the start of school on September 9. Please DO NOT have your student attempt to board the bus without a pass or seat assignment. You MUST wait until you can print and/or download your bus pass from Aspen before you can board the bus.
Special Education Van Transportation: if your child receives van transportation in district or to an out of district private school, you do not need to register your student for the bus.
The Newton Public Schools transportation department is committed to ensuring students are transported safely to and from school. Whether students ride the bus, bike, or walk, students should be safe and well cared for as they travel to and from school.
The NPS transportation system is complex as there are local, state, and federal regulations with which we must comply. On this website, you will find answers to the following important questions:
- What are the transportation options for my child to get to and from school?
- What are the key pieces of information I need to know before I begin the bus transportation application process?
- What is the cost for my child to use the NPS bus transportation system?
- What is the timeline for applications, payments, and bus pass receipt?
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our transportation department at the phone or emails listed on the right side of this page.
Students in the Newton Public Schools typically arrive at school in one of three ways – walk, bike, or bus. In addition, some families choose to drive students to school. For more information on walking and biking to school, please visit this section. If your student will ride the bus, use the online link to register and visit our bus fee section for more information.
ALL students who ride the bus MUST have a bus pass. The bus pass allows NPS to track bus ridership to ensure adequate space at each stop and on each bus.
Before you begin the bus application process, it is helpful to determine the distance from your residence to your assigned school. Please follow this link to determine your distance:
A special note for our elementary students: Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade must be met at the bus stop by a responsible adult. For more information, please find the procedure here.
Fees and Payment
2021-22 bus fees in the Newton Public Schools are as follows:
- Kindergarten: 5th grade – No fee
- 6th grade: See fee structure below*
- 7th – 12th grade: $350/student. Family Cap = $700
*Due to state law, our 6th grade students pay as follows: If you reside LESS than 2 miles from the school, you pay the fee of $350. If you reside MORE than 2 miles from the school, you do NOT pay a fee. You can determine your distance from the schooll by visiting the City of Newton's Residential Services page..
Families may apply for a fee waiver based on financial hardship so that no student is denied bus transportation. To apply, please fill out the financial assistance application.
617-559-9051Newton Public SchoolsTransportation Office, Room 206100 Walnut StreetNewtonville, MA 02460