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Bush Transportation Program

The Bush School launched a school-sponsored bus service at the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year. The School partners with Zūm Transportation Services to provide bus transportation for K-12 students to and from campus. 

Bush currently offers two bus routes, one on the Eastside that starts in Redmond and travels across the I-90 bridge, and one from South Seattle that begins near Renton and travels north. See additional bus route details, planned stops, and other key information below.
If you have any questions about the bus service or the Bush Transportation Program, please reach out to bus.service@bush.edu.

**Coming for the 2024-25 School Year** – Bush is pleased to offer a North Seattle Route that will directly service the Greenwood, Wedgwood, Ravenna, and University District neighborhoods and be a good option for families in the Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, Green Lake, and Laurelhurst communities. Additional detail on specific stops and times for this new route will be available by June 2024 when the 2024-25 Registration opens for the three bus routes. Please let us know if you have any questions.

- Rather Stanton, Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Community is a core priority at The Bush School and our partnership with Zum Transportation allows us to facilitate a more inclusive, purposeful, and safe option for our families to come to Bush. We are so excited to see where this takes Bush as we head into our Centennial year and beyond. 

Program Information

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    Zūm Transportation Services provides safe, efficient, modern, and reliable transportation that  currently serves more than 130+ districts and 4,000 schools across the U.S. Zūm offers safe rides with highly trained drivers and dedicated customer service. The Zūm parent/guardian app allows families to track their child’s ride in real-time, receive pick-up and drop-off notifications, cancel a ride if the student is not attending school, and view driver and vehicle information for each ride. 

    The anticipated start time for each route in the morning is between 6:50-7:00 a.m. to arrive at The Bush School campus by 8:00 a.m. Afternoon bus service will depart Bush at 3:45 p.m. Supervision through the Extended Day Program will be offered at no charge for Lower and Middle School students who take the Blazer Bus while waiting for school to start or the bus to depart.

    There is a cost associated with the Blazer Bus Program, including multiple registration options at different price points. Families registering more than one student will be eligible for a fifty percent discount on each additional student.

    Students who receive financial aid will have the same percentage of financial aid that is applied to tuition applied to the cost of the bus service. If you have any questions regarding financial aid contact Director of Enrollment Management Adam Choice.

    Students will be registered to ride the bus to campus in the morning only; students will take alternate transportation from campus in the afternoons.
    • Semester Cost: $750/semester
    • Year-Long Cost: $1,250/year


    Students will be registered to ride the bus both to campus in the mornings, and from campus in the afternoons.
    • Semester Cost: $1,250/semester
    • Year-Long Cost: $2,000/year


    Students will be registered to ride the bus from campus in the afternoons only; students will take alternate transportation to campus in the mornings.

    Afternoon only bus service is offered in two-month intervals, intended to layer with the Morning Only Program as after-school activities change: September/October; November/December; January/February; March/April; May/June
    • Two-Month Interval Program: $300/two-month interval

    Currently, The Bush School is offering two routes for families with the planned stops as described below. 

    South Seattle Route:
    • Bryn-Mawr-Skyway
    • Rainier Valley
    • Columbia CIty
    • Mount Baker
    • Madrona 
    • The Bush School

    Eastside Route:
    • Redmond
    • South Kirkland
    • South Bellevue
    • Mercer Island
    • The Bush School

    These routes and stops are subject to change based on demand and feedback throughout the 2023-2024 academic year as our program continues to develop.
  • FAQs

    What happens if my child misses the bus in the morning?
    Families will be able to track their bus through the Zūm app to anticipate when the bus will arrive at their pick-up stop in real time. The bus will stop for three minutes at each stop. Should your child miss the bus, they will have to arrange alternate transportation to school. The Bush School is not responsible for your child prior to them getting on the bus.

    What happens if my child misses the bus in the afternoon?
    The buses will leave promptly from Bush at 3:45 p.m. every day. There are a variety of options should your child miss the bus in the afternoon depending on their division. Lower School and Middle School students will go to Extended Day. Upper School students can make their own arrangements and leave campus at any time after dismissal. 

    All students must be picked up by 6:00 p.m., either from Extended Day or from campus. Lower School families will be charged for Extended Day if their child(ren) misses the bus. If you receive financial aid from The Bush School, the cost of Lower School Extended Day is covered at the same percentage as financial aid for tuition.

    What happens if my child is not a self-release student and no one is there to pick them up from the bus stop in the afternoon? 

    The Bush School will hold the child on the bus and parents can meet them at the last stop. Drivers will wait up to fifteen minutes at the last stop, and if no one shows then return the student to the Bush campus. If the child is returned to campus, the family will be assessed a $150 late fee and the child will have to be picked up from The Bush School. 

    Where is my child going to be dropped off at Bush?
    All children riding the bus will be dropped off at the Extended Day gate. Lower School students will be greeted by a Lower School assistant who will escort them to the library prior to the start of school. 

    What do I do if my child is absent from school that day?
    In addition to contacting your division assistant, parents/guardians must cancel their child’s bus ride through the Zum app. 

    What are the latest bus pick-up and drop-off times and specific locations?
    The latest bus pick-up and drop-off times are available in the Zūm app for registered families. For security reasons we cannot post them on the website. 

    Can I change my child’s bus stop or make changes to my child’s daily bus schedule?
    For more permanent changes to your child’s daily bus schedule, such as a stop change or using different stops on different days, please email Chance Montgomery, Transportation Coordinator at chance.montgomery@bush.edu. The school will update its records and your changes will be reflected in the  Zūm app once that information is confirmed.

    Temporary changes such as day-of-cancellations and short term changes in schedule due to vacations etc., can be made through contacting Zum by phone or within the app. 

    Do you offer any refunds or trial periods for the bus service?
    Families that register for the semester or year-long bus program  are offered a two-week trial period to start the school year. If families cancel during this trial period, they will receive a prorated refund for the rest of semester or school year. We do not offer any other refunds after the trial period is over. 

    Is there a bus for afterschool activities?
    We are not offering a bus for afterschool activities at this time. Families are welcome to sign up for the two-month afternoon-only intervals to better fit their students’ schedules.

    Why are there only bus routes for the Eastside and South Seattle?
    These bus routes were established based on a community survey and feedback. If you would like to see a bus route in your neighborhood, we encourage you to talk to Bush families in your area to see if there is sufficient demand to establish a new route. Contact us at bus.service@bush.edu if you have any further questions. 

    What happens if my child loses their RFID card?
    There will be a monthly issuance for students that lose their RFID card from the school. Students can ride the bus without an RFID card if needed.


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Connect with Us

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Blazer Bus Program, please contact Chief Finance and Operations Officer Rather Stanton.

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    Rather Stanton 

    Chief Finance and Operations Officer
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    Chance Montgomery 

    Transportation Coordinator
    (206) 838-8820
The Bush School is an independent, coeducational day school located in Seattle, WA enrolling 715 students in grades K–12. The mission of The Bush School is to spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities.

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