Shuttle Services for Kids

Parent Q&A

  • Arranging Private Bus for Students

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    Hello,

    Does anyone have any experience arranging regular school bus service to private school?  We have about 15 families who commute from one East Bay town to another (~20 students) and I'd like to explore options beyond standard family carpools.      

    Any advice on how to get started or what the costs are is appreciated!  

    Prospect Sierra in El Cerrito uses school bus service through camp any name Metro which I believe is based in east bay, which was much better than the one they were using before. You might be able to get information by calling their office at Avis campus. I'm sure they don't mind sharing the info about those companies. 

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  • School Transportation

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    Hello.. I have a question about the school transportation. We have just moved to California (Walnut Creek) and we have three daughters 8,6,4. I live in Avalon, Walnut Creek, and my kids will go to Indian Valley Elementary School, but I think the school doesn't have transportation. I wonder if there is any private transportation company that takes care of kids delivery everyday?? or other suggestions? my wife doesn't drive and I have to go to work in the early morning and come back home around 5 PM.

    Appreciate your help! :)

    RE: School Transportation ()

    Try Shuddle.  It's not too bad if you don't have to go far.  Like Uber for kids.

    RE: School Transportation ()

    Really, your best option is to send her to driving school right now. The fact that you live out there means that public transportation options are limited and she will need to be able to drive for sooooo many different reasons, not just school. When (not if) your kids get sick at school, she will need to go pick them up right away, when they are sick at home and need to go into the Dr.s office during the day while you are at work, she will need to drive them in, also, just for her to be able to shop for enough food for a family of 5 she will need to drive. If you would have picked an urban area like SF, or downtown Berkeley or Oakland, maybe she could have gotten by with not driving, but in W.C., no way. Also, in the future there will be things like dance rehearsals, martial arts lessons, soccer practices, playdates, etc. that your girls won't want to miss and require lots of driving by parents. When I was single I did not own a car, and biked or walked and used buses only and it is a challenge. But with kids, it is incredibly difficult to not drive, even in urban areas. There are just so many things that they will miss out on, besides just getting to and from school. Also, my oldest son is going into 7th grade, and I have seen many, many nannies and "drivers" in that time, and befriended many who are awesome. But...they don't last, I can only think of 2 nannies who stuck with the families for more than 2 years, and no "drivers" who lasted more than 4 months. "Drivers" do not hang in there as long as nannies, and are not as dependable as they are usually college age kids. I can't tell you how many times we have hung out on the playground with my sons' friends while they waited for their "driver" to show up. A few times we ended up speaking with the working parent (whom we knew) and the school (of course!) to take the kid home with us when the "driver" failed to show after an hour and could not be reached by phone. It happens. I live in Berkeley, and maybe there is some such private kid shuttle that I don't know about, but I really doubt it. IMHO, driving school!

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  • Transport for 4 year old for school year

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    Hi.  Does any one know how to find or recommend someone who can reliably and safely transport a 4 year old child from N. Berkeley to Elmwood from Sept-mid June most school days?  Pick up would be at noon and would occur Mon-Friday except for school holidays etc.  Obviously willing to pay for the service -- what is the going rate to do this?

    Thanks!

    We are looking for a similar service (although from Alameda).  We are considering using Kango which is a service that specializes in transporting younger children.  They give you the opportunity to interview drivers in advance.  Alternatively, a carpool with another classmate (of course, that means you would have to drive on occasion as well).  

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Archived Q&A and Reviews


Help getting kindergartener to school

Sept 2009

Hi BPN, I need help getting my kindergartener to school 2-4 mornings each week so that I can get to work! Anyone have recommendations for reliable, safe, trustworthy people/companies who provide this service? THX!! Late to work


I highly recommend A Car 4 Kids. Their website is www.acar4kids.com Their telephone number is 510-234-5437. It is a licensed/insured transportation service that serves Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The owner, Brenda Mason is professional, responsible and is a pleasure to work with. I love that their service is dependable and reliable. I have been with them for four years and I have only had three drivers, including Brenda. Each time I've been assigned a new driver I get to meet them first. I have an Asperger's child who does not do well with change and new people, so it's great that she's had the same driver for two years now.

They offer transportation to/from school. They are a regional center vendor and they can also offer full or part-time transport depending on their availability. spedlawyer



Editor note: during 2005-2006, we received 9 requests for reviews of kids' transport services. Below are the only responses we received. Sorry!


Trying to get kindergartener to after-school care

Dec 2006

I've checked the archives and the recommendations are relatively old. Can anyone recommend a kid's transportation service? I'm trying to get my daughter from kindergarten to after school care. This would be between Kensington Hilltop to West Berkeley. Also, can anyone give me a ballpark cost for this type of service? I'm assuming it is based on distance traveled. I've tried to get ahold of one service to ask about cost (can't remember the name), and have had no luck getting a response other than a brochure. (Not a good sign about their customer service!) Thanks for any help you can provide.


You may have seen the posts I put in last summer. All of the old recommendations were no longer in service. I found ''I Can Before and Afterschool'' Transportation Service. They are fully licensed and take their job very seriously. They have been very responsible and conscientious. Valerie is the director and she can be reached at 510-655-7495. I am getting a ''special'' financial assistance rate, so I don't know what the regular cost is. My reduced rate is $230 a month for transportation one direction Mon-Fri. Good luck 


Shuttle for 2nd grader in Oakland

Oct 2006

Hi, I am a single mother of a 2nd grader that attends Thornhill school in Oakland. I will be going back to work soon and my hours will vary and that poses a huge problem in getting my daughter to school as well as pick-up. Does anyone know of a service that will bring children to school and pick up? Stephanie


Someone I'm working with was told to call Banana's on Claremont in Oakland. She received several names of drivers and advise on how to interview the people. Although she didn't use any of these people, it might be a starting point for you Sue


Aug 2003

I'm desparately looking for some form of children transportation service in the Albany-El Cerrito area. School starts next week, and I have yet to find a person or company willing to ferry my kids to school and childcare. The children transportation recommended on http://parents.berkeley.edu/recommend/childcare/transport.html appear to be outdated. I tried calling Kids Express, but nobody has returned my calls despite repeated voice mail. I'd like to hear from anybody who has had a recent experience with kids transportation services that are recommendable. Andy


I highly recommend the services of Ailee Ho d/b/a Kids-A-Go-Go. She drove my 7 year old daughter and a friend from morning soccer camp to an afternoon program this summer. She is very efficient: she took a test run the weekend before so that she would know exactly where to pick up and drop off the girls. She's also very warm - my daughter and her friend loved her. I'd still be using her for my child's after school activities, but we live in Oakland, and Ailee concentrates her school-year service in the Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito area. 


2002

Can anyone recommend a van pick up service. And if you could tell me what the going rate is that would be helpful. I need someone who will pick up the kids from home in the morning and drop them off at school and daycare. Then pick them up and bring them home after school. I would like to find someone in the Berkeley and north Oakland area. Thanks Gail


Note from Moderator: This question has come up a few times with no responses. I called Banana's this morning to get information about this service - check with Bananas for current info.


1998

In response to need after-school driver in Berkeley: you might want to try Kids Express. It is a parent-owned taxi service - for children only. Though I have never used their services I see them around quite a bit in the Albany/Berkeley area, and they seem to be reliable. They have two vans with seat belts, etc. (I am a neighbor of theirs and am sending this message without their knowing.) Marie-Josee

Kids Express
Albany