Q300 Bus Information

Public Bus

The Public Bus is managed by the Department of Pupil Transportation (OPT). Student eligibility for Free Public busing by the Department of Education is determined by the Department of Pupil Transportation. We’ve compiled some Yellow Bus FAQs from our PTA Community, which may be a great resource for common questions. Please reach out to Q300’s Parent Coordinator Jenny Lando at jennylando@q300.org or Bus Coordinator Alexandra schoolbus@Q300.org for specific information about your child.

More information about the OPT bus can be found on the DOE website and the Q300 School website.

NYC Department of Education – Department of Pupil Transportation page:

Q300 Transportation Page:

Public Bus 2018-2019 Frequently Asked Questions

Below are FAQs for the Public Yellow Bus provided by the Department of Education. The answers are provided by the Q300 PTA community. Please let us know if you encounter any discrepancies, and we can update.

  1. Who coordinates the yellow school bus routes?
    The Yellow Bus is coordinated by Q300 and OPT. The Q300 PTA DOES NOT coordinate bus routes, stops, or determination of eligibility. Please reach out to Q300’s Parent Coordinator for specific information about your child: Jenny Lando at jennylando@q300.org.
  2. What is the website to access yellow bus service information?
    You can find student specific information on the OPT website by entering your child’s OSIS. Bus routes won’t be available till the end of August, after Q300 has provided the list of qualifying families to OPT: https://www.opt-osfns.org/opt/Resources/SchoolRouteStSearch/SearchResult.aspx?display=StudentOnly Also, see the following OPT pages for each division of Q300:
  3. How do I contact OPT?
    OPT Customer Service Agents are available Monday-Friday from 5:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. at (718) 392-8855
  4. Who qualifies for yellow school bus service? (based on # miles, age, etc.)?
    Q300 Administration provides a list of families that qualify for Yellow Bus based on eligibility on the POT website here: http://www.optnyc.org/ServicesAndEligibility/getransportation.htm
  5. When will we know if we qualify for the yellow bus and pick-up/drop-off time?
    At the end of August, after the school administrator has provided student information to OPT. OPT will update the site- so keep checking. Please keep in mind that the routes are very likely to change the first few weeks of school- both the stop location AND the pickup/drop off times.
  6. If I want to opt for Metrocard where can apply to get one?
    Please reach out to the school to coordinate. They can work with families to identify if you qualify for a Metrocard. Metrocards are distributed by the school.
  7. If we qualify for yellow school bus service, can we opt to use public transportation instead and get free Metrocards?
    You will need to reach out to the school to coordinate.
  8. If we want only yellow school bus pick-up in the morning but not afternoon drop-off, are we able to do that? Will we qualify for one-way Metrocard for the afternoon?
    Yes, you can opt for pick up only. Some Q300 Families stay at Serious Fun- the private after school care. Families will need to specify this on their child’s dismissal form.
  9. If the yellow school bus ride is over 90 minutes, are we able to contact the OPT to create a new shorter route?
    Yes, but the school will need to coordinate this.
  10. What are the general pick-up and drop-off times for yellow school bus for the different routes? How long is the yellow school bus ride generally for the different routes?
    For the 2015-2016 route, the first pick up was at xx:xx, and the last pick up was at xx:xx for an xx:xx arrival. Drop offs were between xx:xx and xx:xx.
  11. If yellow bus service is not offered to us, how do we get the Metrocards to use on public transportation?
    The School will coordinate the distribution of Metrocards.
  12. Is there yellow bus service on the first few days of school?
    Yellow bus may be available on the first day of school, if requested by the Principal. Yellow Bus usually is in full operation by the second day of school.
  13. Is there yellow bus service on half-days?
    Yes- there is Yellow Bus Service on half days. OPT will not issue a new schedule, so we lean on the parent chat group to get more precise timing on when to be at the bus stop.
  14. Is the yellow bus service for the different routes only for Q300, or is it shared with other schools with the yellow bus doing drop-offs at other schools?
    The bus routes are only for Q300 students. The buses aren’t shared with other schools.
  15. What are other resources available?
    WhatsApp for Q300 Bus Route Members: Administered by Colin Petch. See this website for more information about WhatsApp app.

Private Bus

Parent-organized private transportation options are available for students not well served by OPT buses. Parent volunteers work with families and bus/van operators in areas where there are enough interested riders to establish routes. Current private transportation options for the 2021-22 school year are listed below. Please be aware, these options change year to year and we cannot guarantee the current routes will be available in the future. Routes are typically planned over the summer. New and existing families are typically invited to complete a form beginning in late-Spring. Those responses help us determine what routes will be created for the following year. New routes typically require enough interested riders along a viable route and parent volunteers who are willing to serve as a coordinator.

Current private transportation routes as of September 2021 include:

  • Brooklyn: Parent-organized private bus service is available to Brooklyn with stops at both the Lower (K-4) and Upper Division (5-8) campuses. Stops are located primarily in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights.
  • Northeast Queens: Northeast Queens covers the general areas of College Point, Flushing, and Bayside. There is currently no OPT bus option available. There may be limited door-to-door private van service available, organized by volunteer parents, depending on demand and willingness of drivers to cover locations.
  • Central Queens: A parent-organized bus provides service to Forest Hills, Briarwood, and Jamaica for students in the Upper Division (grades 5-8). There is currently no private bus service to the Lower Division (grades K-4). Contact q300privatebusms@gmail.com for further information.
  • Western Queens: The Marathon Bus Company covers the general areas of Elmhurst – Jackson Heights – Woodside – Sunnyside – LIC. This limited-seat private van serves 7th and 8th grade families not eligible for the OPT bus service. For more information contact the bus company: Luz Botia – lizzapata4630@gmail.com.

If you are interested in further information, reach out to q300privatebus@gmail.com or the contacts listed above.

Recent Announcements about School Transportation

Update on Private Bus for 2021-2022

Information about the private bus for 2021-2022 has been added to the website. Parent-organized private transportation options are available for students not well served by OPT buses. Parent volunteers work with families and bus/van operators in areas where there are enough interested riders to establish routes. See https://q300pta.org/resources/bus-info/#privateBus for current private transportation options for the […]

Updates on the OPT busses in 2020

A message from Alexandra Skendrou, OPT Bus Coordinator of Q300: Please check your childrens’ Transportation information at https://mystudent.nyc/. If you have any questions please reach out to Alexandra Skendrou at schoolbusq300.org before Friday, September 25, 2020. OPT buses will run the first day of school on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Metrocards will be distributed to […]

Primary contacts for school inquiries in Fall 2020

Principal Sonita Ramkishun has shared the following primary contact information for different kinds of inquiries. Contact person(s) Topics Email Sonita Ramkishun, Principal Schoolwide comments & concerns principalQ300.org Anna Milonakis, Assistant Principal Special Education (IEPs, 504s, etc) amilonakisschools.nyc.gov Gina Mont’Etna K-8 Address changes, attendance questions, immunization forms ginaQ300.org Alexandra Skendrou OPT bus inquires and Lower Division […]

Update on Private Bus for 2020-2021

See the Bus Information page for the latest information about the bus services for 2020-2021. The Q300 Private Bus Committee is currently beginning planning for the 2020-21 school year. Since 2013, Q300 families have worked together to establish private bus routes. During the 2019-20 year, we operated buses for both the Lower and Upper Divisions […]