Transportation Vendors

The following information is for Transportation Vendors.

For information relevant to all vendors, visit General Information for Vendors.

The Contractor's Manual

Contractors are responsible for understanding and carrying out all of the duties and responsibilities set forth in the Standard Operating Procedures for School Bus Contractors Providing Service under Contracts with the NYCDOE (herein expressed as "Contractor's Manual") and in the applicable contract(s). In the event of a conflict between the Contractor’s Manual and the applicable Contract(s), the applicable Contract(s) shall govern. 

  1. Vehicle Specifications
  2. Driver and Attendant Certification Process & Responsibilities
  3. Violations, Procedures & Assessment of Liquidated Damages
  4. Vehicle Inspection Standards, Maintenance & Safety
  5. Investigations Procedures
  6. Accidents, Emergencies & Other Delays
  7. Routing & Scheduling System
  8. Field Trip Procedures
  9. Picking of Runs

Standard Operating Procedures

Visit the Standard Operating Procedures Modernization Plan page to learn more about the installation and use of equipment/devices and training for the recording, reporting, or transmitting information regarding the location of vehicles and/or students.

Tools & Resources

Maps & Routes

Call Recording & Attendance

Other Applications

Driver & Attendant Training Locations

Bus & Car Driver Training School
1332 Commerce Avenue, Suite 18
Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: 718-409-5606
Fax: 718-794-3396
Contact: Robert Verderosa (President)

Mayra's Safety Training
483 Hemlock St.
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Phone: 718-521-0005
Fax: 718-521-0004
Contact: Yomaira Alvarez 

K.E.R.F. Safety Training
2704 East Tremont Avenue 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: 347-591-0702
Fax: 347-590-9092
Contact: Sandra Lopez

Lella Transportation Safety
944 Havermayer Ave.
Bronx, NY, 10473
Phone: 718-684-7700
Fax: 718-684-1112
Contact: Anne Smith

NY Bus Training Corp. (Training In Transportation)
3051 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11229
Phone: 718-449-8888
Fax: 718-336-8997
Contact: Jo-Ann Tufaro

Wheels on the Bus
1841 Forest Avenue- 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10303
Phone: 347-630-7109
Fax: 347-630-7234
Contact: Arden Daleus

Dymond CDL Auto Club
2174 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: 718-282-7792
Fax: 718-282-0434
Contact: Farra St. Flavin

School Bus Safety City, Inc.
426 East 138th St, 2nd Fl.
Bronx, NY 10454
Phone: 718-292-8100
Fax: 718-882-8303
Contact: Maria Sonaly Caro

NYC Bus Lane Use

Per NYC Traffic Rules, school buses are authorized to use New York City bus lanes when transporting passengers.

  • For the definition of a school bus, see section 4-01(b)
  • For specific bus lane restrictions, see section 4-12(m)

We share this information so that your drivers have every option to reduce traffic delays and ride duration for NYC Students.

How to Support Bus Lane Use

Remind your drivers that school buses with passengers are allowed to use NYC bus lanes, and make sure they are familiar with the rules and definitions above. 

  • Verbally communicate to drivers the legal use of NYC bus lanes by vehicles transporting students
  • Encourage drivers to use NYC bus lanes to reduce traffic delays and ride duration when possible
  • Add the bus lane rules to the training materials you give to new drivers 
  • Add the bus lane rules to the training refresh materials you give to employed drivers 

Working with NYCDOT & NYPD for Success

We engaged the NYPD and NYCDOT to ensure all relevant city agencies share a common understanding about this policy, and to provide school bus vehicle information recorded in our Vehicle System (log-in required) to the NYPD. 

Questions About NYC Bus Lane Use

If you have any questions regarding this policy/information you may contact Darren Johnson at OPT.

Guidance to School Bus Vendors on COVID-19 Procedures

Mask Policy Updates

Beginning March 7, face coverings will become optional, indoors and outdoors, on NYC public school grounds and on school buses, for all K-12 students and staff with a few exceptions. While wearing a face covering is no longer be required, anyone who chooses to wear a mask may continue to do so.

For more information about the Mask Policy Update, please visit the Messages for Families page.

NYC Vaccine Mandate

On December 6, the Mayor announced a vaccine mandate for private-sector workers.

Beginning December 27, workers in New York City who perform in-person work in the presence of another worker or the public must provide proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Workers who have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine will then have 45 days to show proof of their second dose.

With limited exceptions, beginning December 27, businesses may not allow unvaccinated workers to enter their workplace. A workplace is considered any location — including a vehicle — where you work in the presence of at least one other person.

Workers can show they have received the COVID-19 vaccine with the same proofs of vaccination that are accepted for Key to NYC. Please refer to the following documents for more information about the vaccination requirement for workplaces:

Information for Businesses

Beginning December 27, businesses must verify and keep a record of each worker’s proof of vaccination or a record of having verified the worker’s proof of vaccination, and if applicable, a record of reasonable accommodation.

In addition, by December 27, businesses must complete the below certificate affirming they are in compliance with this requirement and post it in a conspicuous place: 

Businesses should also be prepared to make their records available for inspection. For a list of vaccination locations, please visit the Vaccine Finder page.

For more information see the FAQ above, and the guidance available on the Vaccination Requirement: Workplaces page.

Cleaning & Disinfection 

Because of the heightened concerns about the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus, all school bus contractors must adopt the following cleaning and disinfecting procedures in all school bus vehicles. 

  • Disinfect all exposed surfaces in their school bus vehicles every Monday and Thursday night, utilizing an effective anti-viral disinfecting product. This includes:
    • Cleaning high contact surfaces that are touched by many different people, such as handrails and doorknobs/handles
    • Dust - and wet-mopping vehicle floors
    • Removing trash
    • Wiping heat and air conditioner vents
    • Spot cleaning walls and seats
    • Dusting horizontal surfaces
    • Cleaning spills
  • Windows are to be kept open where practical to maximize airflow to ventilate school bus vehicles.
  • School bus drivers and attendants should approve and permit the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Review the NY Department of Health's Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools for COVID-19 for specific guidelines and recommendations.

If you face any difficulty in procuring the appropriate cleaning supplies or have any concerns about this guidance, please contact Anusha Anantharaman at

School Bus Sanitation Requirements

  • The interior of each vehicle must be cleaned and either swept or vacuumed thoroughly after each AM/PM route and/or at least once each day.
  • The school bus contractor is responsible for cleaning and disinfecting seats and all safety equipment and accessories as often as necessary for sanitary reasons and to maintain the comfort of students, drivers, and attendants.
  • Additionally, the exterior of each vehicle must be washed at least weekly and must be maintained in as clean a conditional as possible, weather and other conditions permitting. 
  • It is imperative to adhere to all of the guidelines above and remain vigilant in this time of heightened public awareness. Buses should be disinfected with a CDC approved anti-viral for coronavirus.

School Bus Safety Procedures

School buses transporting students will follow guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State with regard to all requirements. Buses will take the following steps:

  • Where practicable and weather permitting, windows will remain open and with the air system on the bus in the non-recirculating mode during transit.
  • Face coverings (masks) are no longer required on school buses.
  • Physical distancing is not required on school buses.

Resources from the NYC Department of Health (DOH)

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