Student Transportation Services, in partnership with First Student, provides more than 10,000 students with daily school bus transportation to and from school. Our staff and bus drivers are dedicated to ensuring student safety and providing efficient service. 

Update your school bus app now with My Ride K-12

Families can download the free My Ride K-12 and start using it now. My Ride K-12 allows families to access secure data for their child’s bus stop location, route and pickup time from their phone. (The school bus app offered to TPS families earlier in the year is now retired.)

Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

Setting up My Ride K-12
Once you download My Ride K-12, search for Tacoma Public Schools and register for an account. After you confirm your email, log in again and add/link your students. You will need to know your child’s student ID. (If you used the former application, Ride 360, you don’t need a new account; you can log in with your existing credentials.)

More safety features

Most TPS elementary students who ride the bus have a badge to confirm they are on the right bus before their trip starts. The badge also allows guardians and school officials to see when and where students get on and off the bus.

Students receiving special education services do not carry a badge, but they receive the benefits of the badge through services provided by their bus driver.

Have questions?

If you have questions, please contact our transportation office at 253-571-1855. 

Let's Keep in Touch

You'll be hearing from us by phone if…

  • Your child's pick up or drop off time changes by more than 10 minutes
  • Your child's bus is running 15 minutes late
  • For some reason, there is no bus available for your child's route
  • Your child's bus is involved in an accident
  • Your child is injured on the bus

We want to hear from you if…

  • Your child does not arrive to school or home as anticipated
  • Your child receives transportation through the McKinney-Vento program and is going to be absent from school
  • Your child has missed 3 or more days (so we know if we should save a seat for them moving forward)
  • Your child's bus is over 25 minutes late and you haven't received a notification from Tacoma Public Schools


Contact Us

Transportation for General Education Students

First Student
Monday - Friday 
6:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
3202 S Sprague Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98409

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Transportation for Special Education Students

TPS Transportation
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
4002 South Cedar
Tacoma WA, 98409

Email TransportationTransportation for McKinney-Vento/Homeless or Foster Care Students