IPS lays out new transportation plan for upcoming school year

Before your kids go back to school, make sure you know how they will be traveling to and from the classroom. IPS Schools have several different transportation options based on home address + grade level.

Overhead view of an IndyGo bus driving through an intersection downtown.

Students from Arsenal Tech, Crispus Attucks, George Washington, and Shortridge can opt to ride IndyGo instead of using the district’s school buses.

On Monday, July 31, Indianapolis Public Schools will go back to the classroom — so many of you reading this may be preparing the kids for a new morning routine.

For the past few years, IPS has handed over its bus operations to private company First Student, which operates 200+ bus routes within the school district with more than 250 drivers on staff. However, First Student isn’t the only transportation option.

  • IndyGo will be some high schoolers’ only mode of transportation, with an expected average travel time of 25 minutes. Students will receive an IndyGo MyKey transit pass that will allow them to ride the entire IndyGo fixed-route network free of charge.
  • For children who are the only students in their neighborhood, IPS is launching a fleet of privately owned SUVs and drivers to get kids to and from school.
  • Students who live 1.5 miles or less from their school may be considered walkers.

Today, Thursday, July 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., IndyGo is offering a back-to-school night at the Carson Transit Center to provide a reduced fare ID card, free backpack, and training.

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