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Marlon Watson
Transportation Director
511 Cleveland Street
P.O. Box 30002
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 560-3822
Fax: (919) 560-3858


Children can’t learn if they don’t get to and from school in a safe and timely manner. That’s where the Durham Public Schools Transportation Services Department comes in. Transportation Services oversees the safe delivery of more than 18,000 students to and from school, 180 days each year.

There are nearly 300 buses in the DPS fleet. They travel four million miles per year. The Transportation Services Department is one of the school district’s largest, with 425 employees. This includes bus drivers, mechanics, administrators and clerical staff.

Bus Stop Information (Where Bus)

What bus is my child supposed to ride and where is he/she supposed to catch the bus?

Please visit the school your child is assigned to attend in order to receive bus stop information.  But stop information is generally available at open houses held before school starts.  If you have not requested transportation for your child, please be sure to sign up by visiting your childs' school prior to August 11 to ensure the best possibility of having an assigned bus stop on the first day of school.

Transportation Services is open from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.- call 560-BUSS (2877)

Transportation Services staff are available Monday through Friday, during regularly scheduled school days.  The schedule may be modified to accommodate summer schedules, holidays, year-round schools, or other times that all schools are not in operation.

Transportation staff members answer questions related to:

  • Routing and scheduling for all buses.
  • Evaluating bus stops for safety/efficiency.
  • Coordinating communications regarding accidents.
  • Tracking bus status, including on-time arrival, breakdowns, etc.; this function includes proactively calling schools to inform principals of known delays.

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School Bus Maintenance

The transportation supervisor or chief mechanic shall organize and carry out a systematic plan of maintenance and preventive maintenance for all school buses on a daily and annual basis. The school system may transport pupils only on buses maintained in safe condition.

Durham Public Schools has a policy that states our intent to reduce unnecessary idling of school buses and other DPS vehicles.  If you see buses idling longer than five minutes, please report this information to DPS Transportation Services at 560-2877.  Following is the policy: