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The primary mission of the 9-R Transportation department is to provide students with safe and secure transportation to and from school in a friendly environment that enhances the total learning process.

To accomplish this mission we will:

S   Safely transport students to and from school

A   Always fair, friendly, and professional

F   Focus on a positive atmosphere

E   Efficiently transport students while providing Emotional safety

T   Trust that students will live up to our highest expectation

Y   Yes we can, is our attitude

Bus Registration

Durango Transportation Department requires bus registration forms to be completed prior to taking the bus. Please print and complete all three PDF forms and email them back to us.

Forms and instructions can be found on our Transportation Forms and Policies page.


Completed forms can be emailed to the transportation department at




Or printed and dropped off at any school or the Transportation Department Office located at 


1071 Hwy 3

Durango CO 81301




School Year Hours

For the 2021-22 school year, our office hours will be Monday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Direct Line: (970) 247-5335

Email: transportation@durangoschools.org



The Durango School District 9-R Transportation currently operates 23 bus routes, 2 of which are Special Education routes. Most of our routes serve rural areas and outlying subdivisions. We bring 1450 students to and from school on a daily basis, covering approximately 2300 miles.

Our fleet of vehicles consists of 37 large buses, 7 mini buses, 12 trucks and maintenance vehicles, plus 3 SUVs. 3 of our large buses are reserved for out of town trips and 9 are spares that are used when route buses are being repaired or serviced. During an average school year 9-R buses log approximately 400,000 route miles and 135,000 activity miles. In addition to the CDE mandated annual inspection, each of our buses undergoes a monthly maintenance service.

Our drivers complete 3 days of training in August and approximately 26 hours total training through out the school year.  Our drivers are governed by Colorado Department of Education and Commercial Drivers License Rules and Regulations.  New drivers complete 35 to 40 hours preliminary training and must pass a CDL test before they can drive with students.  All drivers must complete a CDE first-aid certification every two years.

The National Academy of Sciences and the U.S Department of Transportation agree that school buses are the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from school.



Frequently Asked Questions

If I have a complaint who do I talk to?

You may call the office at 970-247-5335 and you will be put through to the Transportation Director.

How do I find out what bus my child will ride to and from school?
You can use our E-Link search feature for parents.  The link is located under our section labeled Routes.  If routing information is unavailable using this link or you would prefer to talk to us in person, you may call the Transportation Office anytime during our office hours. Our office hours are as follows: Monday-  7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Is bus transportation provided for a kindergarten student?

The District does provide service for kindergarten students. Kindergarten students will ride the regular route buses.


Is bus transportation provided for a preschool student?

We do provide transportation services for preschool students who have been approved by the Transportation Department.  To get approval for your preschool student to ride the bus, please get a Preschool Rider Form from our Transportation Forms and Policies page.

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Completed forms can be emailed to the transportation department at




Once we have received your students Preschool Rider Form, you will be contacted by the Transportation Department via email to inform you of your approval or denial, and give you stop locations and times, along with any special instructions. 

For further details on the requirements for preschool students, please contact our office at 970-247-5335


How can I help ensure that my child will not miss the school bus? How soon should my child be at the bus stop?

Have your child arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes before their scheduled pick up time, the driver cannot wait for late riders.

Prepare your child for longer waits in inclement weather with suitable clothing for a possible longer wait. Your child returning home after waiting only a few minutes past the pickup time, may result in him/her just missing a late running bus.


My student needs to ride to/from school with a student who is on a different bus route, is this allowed?

Yes, with a note from the parent/guardian or the school.


What do I do if student didn’t get off at their stop?

Call the Transportation office.


Do 9-R school buses have seat belts? Are school buses safe?

No, they do not have seat belts.
The National Academy of Sciences and the U.S Department of Transportation agree that school buses are the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from school.


What are the consequences for my student not behaving on a school bus?
Please refer to our Rider Rules in our Forms and Documents section located on the right side menu. 
Where is the lost and found for school buses?

The item will stay on the bus for approximately a week, and then taken in to the respective school. All cell phones and electronic devices are brought into the transportation office.