Bus Transportation

Transporting Tomorrow's Future...Safely, Efficiently and with Pride

Littleton Public Schools Transportation is proud to be part of the largest and safest form of mass transit in the United States. Over half of the 50 million students who attend school in the United States get to and from school in one of almost half a million yellow school buses. According to the American School Bus Council, "Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely if they take the school bus instead of traveling by car."

The district operates over 84 buses to transport approximately 7,500 students and traveling more than 4,000 miles each day. District buses transport students to and from school, extra-curricular events and sporting events, including after hours and on weekends. 

Rules of the Road for the Planning and Operating of LPS Transportation:

  • Providing this service to the community and keeping the department's mission statement as the primary goal.
  • Transportation is provided to students who live approximately:
    • One (1) mile from their assigned elementary school.
    • One and a half (1.5) miles from their assigned middle or high school.
    • Please note: students who live within the distances above are considered within the walk boundary of their assigned school.
  • Students will never walk more than the walk boundary distance to a bus stop.
  • Buses will be maintained in excellent condition per all state and federal guidelines.
  • The training bus drivers and paraprofessionals receive will always exceed the Colorado Department of Education's minimum standards.

Travel time to and from school can vary based on several factors, including the size of the school boundary, traffic backups, construction and weather. This means travel time on the bus will vary for each school and from day to day. Parents can help keep buses running on time by having students at their bus stop five minutes prior to the stop time. Please remember, a traffic tie-up miles from your assigned school can still have an effect on buses throughout the district.

To find your student's bus information, log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal and click on the "Transportation" tab. If you would like to know which schools are in your residence area, please use our School Locator/Boundary Maps.

School of Choice Enrollment - Space Available Application Process. There are a limited number of seats available on existing buses/routes for open-enrolled students. There is NO GUARANTEE that an open-enrolled student will be approved for a seat assignment. LPS Transportation uses a "Space Available" application process to fill those existing open seats on a first come, first served basis. Should assigned ridership increase during the school year, "space available" rider parents will be given notice of the change and will be given five school days to find an alternative way to get to school.

"Space Available" applications can be submitted for the 2018–2019 school year beginning on July 1, 2018. "Space available" seat assignments may be made prior to the start of the school year, but typically, most assignments will happen after the actual ridership counts have been collected over the first three to four weeks of school. To apply for one of the open seats, you must complete a "Space Available" application form (submit online or print it and return it to Transportation Services). Applications will be processed on a first-received basis. The application will also be available in hard copy at each LPS school and at the Transportation Services Center. NOTE: Due to the uncertainty of ridership based on the new bell time structure and a complete revision of all routes, the majority of Space Available applications will not be processed until after October 1st once several weeks of ridership data has been obtained.


Mike Hush
Director of Transportation
Lisa Thursby
Transportation Office Manager
Rob Draper
Service Manager
Mark Ketchum
Terminal Manager
Jared Jones
Terminal Operations Supervisor
Beth Martin
Route Manager/Scheduler
Becky Hummel
Dispatcher/Field Trip Coordinator
Lori Imrie
Training Coordinator
Keith Blanchfield
Parts/Supply Control

LPS Transportation Balances Efficiency and Mission Focus to be More Customer-Oriented

Littleton Public Schools prides itself on providing excellent transportation services to its families. LPS Transportation Services shares the district's vision to always look for ways to be more efficient while keeping in place the services that are most important to the community, all while not having a negative effect on educational budget dollars.

Each year, Transportation Services reviews the bus routes and makes adjustments for student population and route efficiencies. Thanks to newer, affordable technology, student data from Infinite Campus can now be integrated into the routing process. This routing software system helps pinpoint where even greater routing efficiencies can be found, which results in fuel savings and enhanced safety for students. It also provides better data, which means less guesswork and more precise routing based on where students actually live. This, in turn, provides better customer service.

The LPS community benefits from these efficiencies in three ways: they enhance student safety; they save money and help keep current, free services in place; and they provide more equity in services for families.

How does this new routing system save LPS money and keep current services in place?
Each year, the cost of operating a fleet of school buses increases, and some school districts have been forced to charge their families fees for riding the school bus. The Littleton Public Schools Board of Education places a priority on keeping transportation free to families and keeping the current level of transportation services in place. The new system helps identify how current bus routes can be more effective and efficient. Better route efficiencies mean less labor and fuel costs. This cost savings helps to support the Board of Education's priority for maintaining the current level of free transportation services.

Upcoming work to support new school start times continues.
LPS Transportation staff are working to create new routes for the 2018–2019 school year based on the recently approved start and end times. This work includes scenario building, exploring traffic patterns based on time and current busing challenges, and working with drivers and paraprofessionals to get their direct on-the-road experience. Adjustments in bell times require further work in looking at efficiencies to meet the needs of students. This includes rerouting of current route paths and consolidation/reducing the number of stop locations within neighborhood and geographic boundaries.

Questions? Call LPS Transportation Services at (303) 347-4775. 

Late Run Buses

Late run buses provide transportation for middle school students who stay after school for after-school clubs and athletics. The buses leave at 4:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday and deliver children to their general neighborhood. For details on route numbers and the area each bus covers, check with your school.

Lost and Found

Personal items are often left on the bus. Items of value such as wallets, watches, musical instruments, etc., are brought into the transportation office at the end of each day. Other belongings such as clothing, lunch boxes, backpacks or books are kept on the bus for a few days in hopes they will be claimed. Students should check with the driver if an article is left on the bus. Articles that are clearly labeled with the student's name and the name of the school can be easily returned to the owner. Unclaimed items are stored at the Transportation Services Center for two weeks and then donated to charity. Parents or guardians are welcome to come in and search through lost and found during normal business hours.

To inquire regarding lost articles, please call the Transportation Services Center at 303-347-4775 or use the inquiry email pane on the right.