Bus Schedule & Contact Numbers

(Updated 8/12/17)
New for the 2017-2018 School year: Due to a decrease in Ogden families in our neighborhood, there will be only one school bus contracted this year for our private bus service. That bus will be shared between the two campuses and also perform the after school route at 5pm. The OPB for this year is now filled and is not accepting new applicants. If you are interested in using this private service for the next school year, please send an e-mail to  Odgenpaybus@gmail.com to get on our e-mail list and receive registration information and other important announcements.


BUS ROUTE MAP & DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL INFORMATION


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(Last Updated 9/5/16 – WILL BE UPDATED SOON WITH 2017-2018 INFORMATION)

MORNING PICK UP

WEST CAMPUS BUS PICK-UP BEGINS AT  7:00 am.
EAST CAMPUS BUS PICK-UP BEGINS AT  7:55 am.

The bus begins at stop #1 and then moves along the route in numerical order. Due to traffic, weather or other factors, we are unable to specify exact times for each stop. We encourage students to arrive at their stop a little early, to make sure that they have ample time and are present when the bus arrives.

The bus will leave the neighborhood after the last stop and drive directly to campus. Students who are riding the bus will not be marked tardy even if the bus is delayed.

East Campus Drop-off is on Dearborn, directly north of Walton and south of Oak. In the mornings, students will be escorted up the ramp along the front of the school and into the main entrance.

West Campus Drop-off and dismissal is North of the school, east of the parking lot on W. Huron.

REMINDER: It is your student’s responsibility to be at the bus stops promptly. The bus does not circle back to pick-up students who miss the bus. If a student misses the bus, it is the responsibility of each family to make other transportation arrangements to get their student to and from school.

Neighborhood Bus Stops

The bus stops in order are:
1) 155 Harbor Drive
2) 175 North Harbor Drive
3) 450 East Waterside
4) 400 East Randolph
5) 360 East Randolph
6) 225 North Columbus

BUS PASSES

Students must have their bus passes to board the bus, especially in the afternoon at school. In the past, we’ve had a few students try to board our buses who did not belong. We were able to determine they were on the wrong bus because they did not have bus passes. Bus passes help ensure students are in the right place.

 

AFTERNOON DISMISSAL

West Campus Drop-off and dismissal is North of the school, east of the parking lot on W. Huron.

East Campus Pick-up will be at the corner of Dearborn and Oak, on the northwest corner of the school. Please notify your student’s teacher in writing that for 2017-2018, your student will be riding the Ogden New Eastside Pay Bus.

Make sure your student knows at dismissal, they should walk west to the end of the main floor hallway (past the security desk) to the Dearborn/Oak street staircase in the northwest corner. Students should go down the stairs, exit the building and immediately get on the Ai bus parked on Dearborn.

 

5pm After School Activity Route for OPB Students

There is a later, after school bus that will serve all OPB families the 2017-2018 school year. It will pick up students at the West Campus first (at 5pm) and then travel on to the East Campus to pick up children attending after-school activities there…and then all students will return to our neighborhood on that last bus of the day.

J at School

We do not work or communicate directly with J at School. If your student attends J at School, be sure to notify them in writing, stating that your child must return on the Ogden New Eastside After School Activity Bus home. It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to work with J at school to make those arrangements.

The arrival times at our neighborhood stops in the afternoon will depend on the traffic between school and home, and times may vary. Protests, construction, weather and other unforeseen circumstances may alter return times.


BUS TELEPHONE NUMBERS

In the event that the bus is running late and you or your child would like to call the company to see when the bus will arrive, here is the contact number (just tell the operator you are inquiring about the Ogden Pay Bus):

AI Bus Service

773-279-9110

Each yellow school bus will have the company name on the side. There will also be a sign in the window by the front door saying, “Ogden New Eastside Pay Bus“.

Morning driver and bus number for both campuses, and the West dismissal bus is David, bus #106. The driver name and bus number for the dismissal route and after school activity route is Kendall, bus #112.


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OTHER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Are you new to visiting this blog, just moved to our neighborhood, too late to register for this year’s service, or interested in the vendors that are legally certified transportation providers for CPS in order to start your own group bus (we often get questions from other interested parents considering starting their own Paybus Service)? While the OPB is currently filled to capacity for the 2017-18 year (there is a waiting list if you’re interested, see the latest post for details and deadlines) we are happy to refer you to the list of certified vendors (that we have worked with or called in the past to help us with the OPB routes) and other transportation options below, to help you with your own research, if you are trying to start your own group transportation:

Alltown Bus Services – (847) 674-0090

AM Bus Company – (773) 396-5556

Ammons Transportation  –   (773) 874-7777

BJ’s Transportation   –  (773) 238-4535

Sunrise Bus Services  –   (773) 378-1800

You can also check out the CPS Department of Transportation website for other questions about legal providers and guidelines for vendors.

Our experiences in the past, regarding maximum limit of students per school bus, relates to experiences of dangerous overcrowding we’ve witnessed in the past (children and their bags crushed into a seat or falling off into the aisle as the bus moves), bus rules/safety and overall comfort of the children of various ages/sizes and needs being safely transported from one point to another. Given that it’s very hard to comfortably fit more than two children to a seat, especially considering their larger book-filled backpacks and other personal items they must carry on any given day … as well as accommodate children of different sizes, heights/leg-spans and ages comfortably — these have been our biggest challenges while organizing a group bus to fit various bell schedules, campuses and after-school activities. If you’ve stumbled upon our blog as you research this kind of service for your own neighborhood or needs, we wish you the very best as you navigate the various difficulties that may arise while implementing your new service. The Bus companies have been very knowledgeable in advising about regulations, size/seating limits and safety issues that may need to be addressed. Good luck!

OTHER PRIVATE RIDE SHARING OPTIONS:

Uber

Lyft

Checker Taxi

Chicago Carriage

Metro Yellow Cab

List of Limo Services