Department Overview

  • School Buses

    The Transportation Department is responsible for arranging bus schedules and coordinating transportation for eligible Reading School District students. The department also handles transportation requests for student field trips and activities. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: My child attends Reading School District. How do I know if he/she is eligible for bus transportation?
    A: Per state law, students in kindergarten through 6th grade are eligible for transportation if they live 1.5 miles from their school. Students in 7th through 12th grade are eligible if they live 2 miles from their school. 


    Q. My child attends a non-public school. How do I find out his/her current bus schedule? 
    A. You must contact your child’s school directly to obtain transportation information. Non-public school includes parochial schools within the City of Reading.


    Q. I am a teacher in the Reading School District. How do I request transportation for an approved student field trip? 
    A. You must submit a completed Transportation Request Form to the district Curriculum Office at least 4-6 weeks in advance of the field trip date via interoffice or e-mail.  Once the form is reviewed and approved, the Curriculum Office will send it to the Transportation Office, which will then request a price quote from the Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU). The price quote and tentative bus schedule are then listed on the approved form. A copy of the approved form and price quote are given to the teacher for review. A copy is also given to the district Business Services Office to move forward with payment. Once the Business Services Office approves the request, the bus transportation is ordered and the teacher will receive a field trip confirmation. 

Transportation and RHS Schedule Changes, Starting Sept. 27, 2021

  • We want to acknowledge the frustration that many of you are experiencing with busing. There is a national bus driver shortage that is impacting the Reading School District. Our goal is to safely transport students to and from school in a timely manner. Unfortunately, our current routing schedule makes that impossible, because we do not have enough bus drivers.


    Help us - Release Your School Bus Seat
    One way you can help is to “Release Your School Bus Seat.” If you are able to get your child to or from school without using a school bus, please “Release Your School Bus Seat” (for this school year only) by filling out this opt-out form. If you have trouble accessing the link, the form is also available at www.readingsd.org. Completing the form means your child will no longer ride the school bus to or from school for the rest of this school year. Once you “Release Your Bus Seat,” you cannot get it back until next school year.  Complete one form per child. We appreciate your assistance. 


    Planned Changes, starting Sept. 27
    Due to the driver shortage, we will also need to make some big schedule changes in transportation and with the school hours at Reading High School to fix the problem for our students attending in-person learning.

    There are four changes we will be implementing starting next Monday, September 27:

    1. Reading High School will have an earlier start time and an earlier AM-CTC bus pick-up time.
      Reading High School’s new school hours for all students will be 7:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m., and AM-CTC buses will leave Reading High School at 7:05 a.m. Starting and ending earlier will allow more time for our buses to complete their next routes for younger students.

      The school hours for our RKAA Campuses at City Line, Glenside and Thomas Ford will remain 9:20 a.m. to 4:05 p.m., and Reading Virtual Academy students will follow their current online schedules.

    2. Reading-Muhlenberg Career Technology Center (CTC) students
      CTC buses will no longer pick up and drop off at the Reading middle schools in the morning and afternoon. Instead, CTC buses will pick up and drop off at Reading High School (Geigle Drive). AM-CTC buses will leave from RHS at 7:05 a.m. and PM-CTC buses will leave from RHS at 11:35 a.m.

      CTC students who are eligible for school district transportation to and from Reading High School based on their home address will receive updated bus information on Wednesday of this week.

    3. Central Middle School students
      We will no longer be able to provide courtesy busing from the Northwest and East Reading areas for Central Middle School students within the 1.5 mile walking zone. A limited number of boundary waivers to attend Southern Middle School and Northwest Middle School instead of Central Middle School are available. To complete a boundary waiver, please call Southern Middle School at 610-371-5803 or Northwest Middle School at 610-371-5882. Free BARTA bus passes are also available. If you are interested in a bus pass, please complete our online BARTA bus form.

    4. All transportation students and families
      We will be combining bus routes, changing bus numbers and rescheduling ALL routes across all schools because we don’t have enough drivers and need fewer routes. On Wednesday of this week, all students who use transportation will get new routes. The routes will be sent out via phone calls, emails and text messages on Wednesday. Information will also be on the district website at www.readingsd.org/rsdbusstops once available.

      Again, thank you to our students, families and staff for your support and understanding as our transportation team works tirelessly to address unprecedented challenges this school year. As we continue to adapt and adjust, we appreciate your patience and cooperation.

      We will continue to communicate updates using our Blackboard mass notification system and our district website at www.readingsd.org/transportaton.

      If you have busing questions, please use this online form, and our staff will contact you. We apologize we do not have enough staff to answer all of your phone calls and emails, and the online form will help us ensure no one is missed.  

     


    Bus Drivers Needed
    In addition to these changes, our transportation partners are actively recruiting school bus drivers. Please contact Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) at 610-987-2248 or Durham School Services at 484-772-0076 if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Reading School District school bus driver. Starting wages are $21.55-$26.75/hour (depending on experience) with a $1,500 sign-on bonus for Berks County Intermediate Unit, and $23/hour with a $2,000-$3,000 sign-on bonus depending on credentials for Durham School Services. Durham will also train licensed drivers to earn their CDL, and those employees would receive $12/hour during training.

Contact

  • If you have busing questions, please use this online form, and our staff will contact you.

    We apologize we do not have enough staff to answer all of your phone calls and emails, and the online form will help us ensure no one is missed. 

    Thank you for your support and understanding as our transportation team works tirelessly to address unprecedented challenges this school year.

    As we continue to adapt and adjust, we appreciate your patience and cooperation.


    We will continue to communicate updates using our Blackboard mass notification system and our district website at www.readingsd.org/transportaton.


    Reading School District
    Transportation Office 
    484-258-7000 ext 10402

    Durham Transportation 
    Reading High School students
    Central Middle School students
    484-772-0076

    BCIU - 610-987-8550 Ext. 3 
    All Special Education families

    BCIU - 610-987-8550 Ext. 4
    13th and Union Elementary students
    Millmont Elementary students
    Northeast Middle School students
    Non-public school students
    RKAA students
    RMCTC students

Help us - Release Your School Bus Seat

  • The national bus driver shortage is impacting the Reading School District. One way you can help is to “Release Your School Bus Seat.”

    If you are able to get your child to or from school without using a school bus, please “Release Your School Bus Seat” (for this school year only) by filling out this opt-out form.

    Completing the form means your child will no longer ride the school bus to or from school for the rest of this school year. Once you “Release Your Bus Seat,” you cannot get it back until next school year. 

    Complete one form per child. We appreciate your assistance. 

Report an Issue

  • Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) and Durham Transportation provide transportation services for the Reading School District.

    To report an issue: 

    Durham Transportation 
    Reading High School students
    Central Middle School students
    484-772-0076

    BCIU - 610-987-8550 Ext. 3 
    All Special Education families

    BCIU - 610-987-8550 Ext. 4
    13th and Union Elementary students
    Millmont Elementary students
    Northeast Middle School students
    Non-public school students
    RKAA students
    RMCTC students 

Become a Crossing Guard

  • The Reading Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Office is currently seeking Crossing Guards for various locations throughout the city. These positions are part-time and require serious commitment to be at the crossing guard post on each school day, before and after school hours as required. Crossing Guards follow the school calendar, work approximately 3 hours per day nd only work when school is in session. You must be 18 years of age at time of application, and you must obtain a Child Abuse clearance report before you are hired. To apply or if you have any questions, contact the city at 610-655-6294.