REGIONAL ARTS PROGRAM – FAQ
Q. Where are the scheduled bus stops?
A. Busing routes are determined each year based on the needs of the majority. Students are expected to be at their designated group stop 5 minutes before pick up time. Walking distances of 10 minutes or up to 700 meters should be expected. No door to door pickups will be considered in the efforts of minimizing the bus route.
Q. Why do I need a bus card?
A. A bus card is issued to every student registered with Next Stop School Busing and must be presented to the driver upon boarding the bus before and after school. These cards display your name and the current year on the front. They will also have your route information on the back.
Q. Can I bring a friend home with me on the bus occasionally?
A. No. Only students with a current bus card issued by Next Stop School Busing are permitted to ride the bus. Any passenger who is not registered with Next Stop School Busing is not insured to ride.
Q. May I take the school bus to an alternative destination after school (for a part-time job or extracurricular activity, etc.)?
A. Yes. You may use your bus card to board any Next Stop bus to get as close to your alternative destination as possible, as long as it’s en route and there is space available.
Q. Is one way service available?
A. Yes. One way service will be considered only after full riders are accommodated and if there is space left. The fee for one way riders will be 70% of the full cost.
Q. What if I have multiple children who require the bus?
A. A discount of $100.00 will be applied to the second application in the same family.
Q. Are there arrangements for late busing after school?
A. Late bus service (including routes & cost) are determined based on ridership; Next Stop will not run a late bus if the minimum number of riders is not achieved. Inquire for further details.
Q. How can I stay updated on bus cancellations in bad weather or emergency circumstances?
Consult the following reliable sources for school and busing cancellations:
AM680 News Radio, City TV Breakfast Television, Follow us on Twitter @NextStopBusing
Request an invitation to receive SMS-Notifications from Next Stop and receive cancellation & delay updates right to your cellphone
Q. How do I register for the bus?
A. Online registration forms will be available at the beginning of March 2018
Q. When is the deadline for submitting my registration?
A. Registrations are due by June 15, 2018. All late applicants will be required to go to an existing stop with a possible walking distance of more than 750 meters.
Q. Must all fees be paid in full at the time of registration?
A. No. A non refundable deposit of $300.00 is due with your registration form. Parents then have the option to pay fees by installments with final payment due Dec 1, 2018.
Q. How can I make my payments?
A. We accept payment through Visa, Master Card, Cheque, Cash and E-trans.
Next Stop was founded in 1994 with a key purpose, to provide children with a safe ride to school. Two working mothers joined forces to create a solution to bus their school aged children to and from school. 20 years later, this vibrant growing family business has travelled 1 million plus kilometres moving over 4000 students to and from school and extracurricular activities.