Yellow Bus Service
School personnel log in to the online
field trip system to request, cancel, edit,
or view transportation services. The following guidelines apply:
When planning trips, please remember all buses must return
to the school no later than 1:30 p.m.
OPT will not provide round-trip yellow bus service for activities likely to delay return to school past 1:30 p.m. (including sporting events, Madison Square Garden, the Circus, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Radio City Music Hall, World Marina, Marco Polo/Spirit Cruises, Staten Island Ferry and Circle Line Tours). Schools may choose one-way OPT yellow bus service with other arrangements for the return trip.
Yellow bus service for field trips is provided to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
pre-kindergarten students is available from January to the second week of June of each school year, provided that all students are 4 years of age or older at the time of the trip, car seats are not required or can be provided by the school.
Car seats are required for any student under 40 pounds and must be provided by the school.
For those students who use buses only for field trips, classroom instruction covering the content of bus
safety drills may be provided as an alternative to formal school bus drills in compliance with Section 3623 of the State Education Department and Revised Section 156.3(h) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.
Schools can use a Certificate For Free Transportation provided by New York City Transit to travel to and from their field trip site between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or for return travel from a trip scheduled to arrive back at school later than 1:30 p.m.
The certificates are valid only on the subway and can be obtained directly from OPT. E-mail requests to
How to charter a coach-style or yellow bus.