Registration for Bus

2019-20 Bus Information

School bus transportation is available to the Hosmer School and the Middle School from shared pickup points throughout Watertown. Please note that other criteria apply: transportation is not available to students who live less than 0.75 miles' walking distance from their school, or to out-of-neighborhood students (call for details).


In prior years bus accommodations were on a first come, first served basis.  The School Committee Policy was updated this past year so that the determination is based solely on walking distance (as determined by the business office) to the school that the child attends. This means that even children who had a seat on a bus during the 2018-2019 school year or prior are not given priority. Depending on the number of registrations we receive we may have a waitlist for seats. Bus routes and scheduled pickup times will be determined based on actual ridership.


Use this online form to register for the 2019-2020 school bus.





Fee waived per, School Committee Policy and/or State law. Registration is still required.

$300 per child, family max $475


Families living 1.5 miles’ walking distance from Hosmer, except "out of neighborhood" students residing in another elementary school's district. (Transportation is not available for "out of neighborhood" students, except for students placed at the Hosmer due to capacity issues at the Lowell and Cunniff).

Families living a walking distance of less than 1.5 miles but more than 0.75 miles from the Hosmer.


Grade 6

Families living more than 2 miles' walking distance from the Middle School.

Families living a walking distance of less than 2 miles but more than 0.75 miles from the MiddleSchool.

Grades 7-8


Families living a walking distance of less than 2 miles but more than 0.75 miles from the MiddleSchool.


For families who want to apply, or reapply, for the 2019-2020 school year need based fee waiver please use this link. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service will update the waiver form for the 2019-2020 school year in mid-late July. To use the fee waiver for transportation (in addition to the school food program) you must check the permission to share with the Business Office. Please note that fee waivers do not impact eligibility or take priority over the distance determination.




July 15

Registration Deadline the WPS Business Office will determine the walking distance. Registrations that are received after July 15th will only be considered if space allows.

August 1

Confirmation of bus registration status

August 20

Payment is Due; if that payment is not received by the due date the seat will be reassigned to the next person on the waitlist. Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions to this process. There will be no exceptions.

Late August

Bus stop location and pick-up/drop-off times will be sent

September 3

Bus passes distributed to registered bus riders in school


School Bus Routes

Buses are available to/from Hosmer Elementary School and Watertown Middle School.


The bus routes from Hosmer does not include the Boys & Girls Club.  It will be determined in the fall if we offer a separate stop in the afternoon.  If we offer a Boys & Girls stop a registration form will be sent home by the principal.


The routes will be posted on the WPS Transportation webpage late August, all families who’s child(ren) has a seat on the bus will also be sent the route information.


Late bus service will be provided only to Middle School students who are registered for the regular Transportation Program. The late bus will stop only at pre-determined designated stops throughout town. The late bus will depart from the Middle School on Monday through Friday at 4:30 PM.

MBTA for Students

Middle School and High School students may sign up for reduced-fare Student CharlieCards, valid on MBTA buses and subway. There are two types of Student CharlieCards available:

  • Unlimited Pass: This pass offers students unlimited access to the MBTA bus and subway system at a cost of $30 per month. This pass must be paid in two installments: $150 for September through January, then $150 for February through June. Contact the WPS Transportation Office for information on use of this pass during the summer months.
  • Pay-As-You-Go Card: This card works like a prepaid charge card balance. Students can load money onto their passes at any MBTA kiosk. Funds are then deducted from the balance at a discounted student rate of 85¢ per bus ride and $1.10 per subway ride. There is no charge for students to obtain a pay-as-you-go card, but it will come loaded with $0 prepaid, so students are responsible for loading money onto their pay-as-you-go cards.


If you have additional questions, please contact Shannon Dixon at