Urbana students use several different methods to travel to and from school each day.  Elementary bus riders are transported by First Student buses; middle and high school bus riders are eligible to ride MTD buses, while some use First Student. Whether a student is eligible for district-provided or district-arranged transportation is guided by Urbana School District Board of Education Policy 4:110 Transportation.  In part, "The District shall provide free transportation for any student in the District who resides: (1) at a distance of one and one-half miles or more from his or her assigned school, unless the Board of Education has certified to the Illinois State Board of Education that adequate public transportation is available, or (2) within one and one-half miles from his or her assigned school where walking to school or to a pick-up point or bus stop would constitute a serious hazard due to vehicular traffic or rail crossing, and adequate public transportation is not available."

First Student transportation (early childhood, elementary, middle, and high schools)

First Student

At First Student, our Bus Drivers are an integral part of the communities they serve. They are committed to safety, customer service and have genuine, caring attitudes for children. We are your friends, family, and neighbors!

We are proud to offer:

  • Flexible Hours
  • Starting wage $16.00/hr
  • Training leading to a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • No nights, weekends, or holidays required

To qualify, you must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, a safe driving record and be able to pass a background check and drug test.

Contact information:

  • Contacting First Student: 217-344-4586
    • Dispatcher/Route Coordinator: Dawn Friedman
    • Supervisor:  Teresa Williams
    • Location Manager:  Tara Dalle

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District - MTD (middle and high schools)

MTD Logo Blue-Letters-Red-Swoosh

Middle school and high school students who live more than 1.5 miles from their school may be eligible to ride MTD service for free to and from school. If they are eligible, their student identification will have a MTD logo or sticker on it. The student just needs to show the bus operator their identification. After school, students may board MTD buses at or near the school until 7:00 pm and use their student ID to ride. At all other times, or if the student lives closer than 1.5 miles from the school, students may pay a $1 fare or use a school token to ride. Learn about MTD’s special “school trippers” by visiting the CU-MTD’s schedule and maps page on their web site.  Information is listed by school under the “School Route Maps and Schedules” section. Students may also ride regular MTD routes to and from school.

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD)217-384-8188

Families with middle school and high school students can see if there is a “School Tripper” route near their home by visiting the CU-MTD’s schedule and maps page on their web site.  Information is listed by school under the “School Routes Maps and Schedules” section.

Safe routes to school for walking and biking

C-U Safe Routes to School