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Bus Fees, Application, & Info

Transportation Fees are collected between the hours of 9:00A.M. and 3:00 P.M on Monday through Friday in the District Office.


Fees can be paid by Cash, Check or Credit/Debit Card on site and/or by Credit/Debit Card on-line at ($.50 fee per/transaction will be charged)


All fees must be accompanied with a Bus Fee Application Form and Bus Stop Assignment Form


2018-19 Welcome Letter (English)    (Espanol)

Bus Fee Application Form 2018-19 (English)    (Espanol)

Bus Rules (English)    (Espanol)

Bus Stop Assignment Form (English/Espanol) 

Bus Stop/Route Information

Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!


To the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of Mother Lode USD Student(s),

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!  The transportation department looks forward to being a part of your students’ successful year. 

We attempted a new student rider tracking system in 2017-18 that we had many technical issues.  Our goal is to continue to work on a system that will meet our needs.  We will continue to communicate with you as this project moves forward.  Bus passes are still required during the transition.  Please help your students remember to bring their bus pass and show it to the driver every time he or she enters the bus. 

To promote bus ridership as the safest and greenest way to school, we encourage students to ride to and from school aboard the bus by offering annual round-trip passes, one-way passes, or daily ride tickets. 

Early bird special!  Only during the week of August 20th to August 24th, fees are payable at our district office (M-F from 9am-3pm by credit card, check, or cash) or on (by credit/debit card).  During this week, you can take advantage of our Early Bird discount and save $20!

To ride the school bus in our district, please follow the process below:

  • Complete a Bus Pass Application Form.
  • Complete a Bus Stop Assignment Form.

Parents/Guardians of all riders are required to fill out a Bus Stop Assignment form to provide written permission of the student’s bus stop and to assist the bus driver in determining the students’ delivery to the appropriate side of the street.  Parents may request a different bus stop for AM and PM, if it is serviced by our district.  For reasons of student safety, inconsistencies in student bus stops including multiple pick-up and drop-off locations are discouraged.  Inter-district transfer students are not eligible for transportation outside of our service area. 

  • Sign the School Bus Expectations (both student and parents).
  • Make your payment by one of our available options. Payments may be made at our district office each working day from 9am until 3pm (cash/check/credit/debit card) or on (credit/debit card).
  • Bus passes will be issued at the time of purchase. 
  • Low Income Free or Reduced Price Ridership: Free or Reduced Ridership will be verified with an Eligibility Letter from Food Service Department.  To obtain this letter submit an “Application For Free or Reduced Meals”.  Once qualification for “Free” or “Reduced Price” meals is verified a letter will be sent to you.  Provide a copy of this letter to District Office.  If qualification letter is not received within 45 days of application, rider will be expected to pay the full fee for ridership. Reduced Price will be ½ of the full price.
  • Lost/Stolen/Damaged Passes: Please contact the District Office immediately to secure a replacement so that your student may continue to ride.


To ease congestion at our Indian Creek School Campus, free shuttle bus service will be available at the Green Valley Church Parking Lot at 8:35am and 3:25pm.  (All documents above must still be completed)


These tickets are for students who need to ride the bus very occasionally. (All documents above must still be completed)

Daily Ride tickets can be purchased at our district office for $2.00 each. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Occasional, one-time, or other-than-home bus stop requests may not always be accommodated due to bus capacity. 

Transportation Bus Fee Schedule 2018-19



Early Bird Daily Round Trip Annual                                        $205

  • Full fee of $205 due by 9/3/2018
  • This is a discounted fee for a full school year

Round Trip Annual                                                                     Due with application  

  • Fee of $225 if paid after 9/3/2018                                     $225
  • Reduced fee                                                                      $112.50
    • Must be eligible under federal income regulations         
    • Application must be complete
    • Application must have  documentation

One-Way Annual                                                                                

Either Morning or Afternoon                                                

  • Fee of $150.00 per year                                                    $150.00
  • Reduced fee                                                                      $  75.00
    • Must be eligible under federal income regulations         
    • Application must be complete
    • Application must have  documentation

Payment plans                                                                           1st pay                                      2nd Pay 

                                                                                          Due with application                  Due 1/15/2019                  

  • Round Trip Annual                                                             $122.50                                    $122.50
  • Reduced Round Trip Annual                                              $66.25                                      $66.25
  • One-Way Annual                                                                $85.00                                      $85.00             
  • Reduced One-Way Annual                                                 $47.50                                      $47.50

Free or Reduced

  • Must be eligible under federal income regulations
  • Application with Nutrition Services must be complete
  • Eligibility for Free or Reduced transportation can be verified with the certification letter received by Nutrition Services.  
  • Eligibility letter must be brought in to the the Transportation Office.

Refund Policy

Refunds must be submitted in writing.  Refunds will be made for the following three (3) reasons only:

  1. After a student leaves the district, refunds will be prorated, subtracting out the days the student was enrolled in the district and able to utilize services.
  2. After paying bus fees a student has been determined to be eligible for free or reduced fees.
  3. No refund will be issued if bus privileges are suspended for inappropriate bus behavior or due to board action.