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Routing & Stops

Bus routes are set up to fully utilize all buses, provide safe and efficient service, and maintain a reasonable ride time for students. Per The Annotated Code of Maryland, the following criteria are used in establishing bus routes and stops.

  • When creating and maintaining our bus routes, the prime consideration is the safety of the riders.
  • Stops should be approximately 1/4 mile apart for general education buses and located, if possible, to maximize the visibility of the stopped school vehicle for approaching traffic.
  • School vehicles shall be routed so that all students are seated and loads do not exceed the manufacturer�s rated capacity. If an emergency situation creates and overload, this condition shall be corrected within a reasonable time.

Harford County Public Schools have implemented additional rules to enhance the safety of our pupil transportation program. For example, students are only permitted to cross in front of the school bus, and door-side service is provided on high speed, high volume state roads that have been identified as such by Transportation.