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Transportation Services

CMS transportation department employs over 1,450 staff members to support transportation of CMS students.  Our transportation services consists of an operations division comprised of 14 transportation areas, a full turn key maintenance division, a safety and training operation, a routing and scheduling division and central office support staff.


Department Overview....

  • For the 2018-2019 school year, CMS Transportation has distributed bus schedules for an estimated 127,000 students to and from school daily, on 1,088 school buses. CMS buses will stop at approximately 31,000 bus stops in the AM and 31,500 in the PM. CMS Transportation will travel approximately 125,000 miles each day within 546 square miles in Mecklenburg County.

  • School buses must stop at all railroad crossings.

  • School buses can not turn right on red.

  • School bus drivers are required to signal children at all passenger stops. These hand signals are desinged to enhance safety.

  • The maximum speed limit for yellow school buses is 45 mph, or in accordance with the posted speed limit.

  • Nationally school buses travel approximately 4.3 billion miles per year. With a fatality rate of 0.02 per 100,000,000 passenger miles, school buses are the safest form of ground transportation in the U.S.