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Bus Registration

Follow this link to register your child for bus transportation for the 2017-18 school year.
Deadline: June 30


School Bus FAQ's

Where do the school buses go?
  • Hosmer Elementary School
  • Watertown Middle School
Bus transportation is not available to the Lowell, the Cunniff, or the High School.

How much does it cost?

For students in grades K-5:
  • Free for families living more than 1.5 miles' walking distance from the Hosmer, except "out of neighborhood" students residing in another elementary's school's district. (Transportation is not available for "out of neighborhood" students.)
  • $300 per child, up to a family maximum of $475, for families north of the Charles River living a walking distance of less than 1.5 miles but more than 0.75 miles from the Hosmer.
  • $200 per child, up to a family maximum of $320, for families living south of the Charles River at a walking distance of less than 1.5 miles but more than 0.75 miles from the Hosmer.
  • Fee waivers are available based on economic hardship / financial need.
For students in grade 6:
  • Free for families living more than 2 miles' walking distance from the Middle School.
  • $300 per child, up to a family maximum of $475, for families north of the Charles River living a walking distance of less than 2 miles but more than 0.75 miles from the Middle School.
  • $200 per child, up to a family maximum of $320, for families living south of the Charles River at a walking distance of less than 2 miles but more than 0.75 miles from the Middle School.
  • Fee waivers are available based on economic hardship / financial need.
For students in grades 7-8:
  • $300 per child, up to a family maximum of $475, for families living more than 0.75 miles' walking distance from the Middle School.
  • Fee waivers and discounts are not available for students in grades 7-8.

What about the MBTA?

Middle School and High School students may sign up for reduced-fare Student CharlieCards, valid on MBTA buses and subway. There are two types of Student CharlieCards available:
  • Unlimited Pass: This pass offers students unlimited access to the MBTA bus and subway system at a cost of $30 per month. This pass must be paid in two installments: $150 for September through January, then $150 for February through June. Contact the WPS Transportation Office for information on use of this pass during the summer months.

  • Pay-As-You-Go Card: This card works like a prepaid charge card. Students can load money onto their passes at any MBTA kiosk. Funds are then deducted from the balance at a discounted student rate of 85¢ per bus ride and $1.10 per subway ride. There is no charge for students to obtain a pay-as-you-go card, but it will come loaded with $0 prepaid, so students are responsible for loading money onto their pay-as-you-go cards.

Whom may I contact?

If you have additional questions, please contact Bridget O'Brien at bridget.obrien@watertown.k12.ma.us or 617-926-7716. You may also stop by the Transportation Office in-person Monday through Friday, but please call ahead as hours may vary. We are located on the 3rd Floor of the Phillips Building at 30 Common Street, Watertown.

Transportation Policy Handbook

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Bus Safety Handbook

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