It is important to note that Meadowbrook’s transportation schedule and stops are shaped by the community of families using each route. Dismissal times vary by age-group and the bus/van will typically follow the dismissal timing of the majority of students on that vehicle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Meadowbrook currently partners with two transportation companies. Newton-based Local Motion operates our 31-passenger bus for the Boston Common/Back Bay route and Debonair Limousine operates two 8-passenger vans for our Brighton/Cambridge and Roslindale Routes.
In the interest of safety, we do not publish our community bus or van stops. When considering transportation options, families should keep in mind that vehicles are not intended to be “door-to-door”, but rather seek central pick-up and drop-off locations. When making a decision about a new stop, Meadowbrook will consult with both transportation companies. Factors taken into consideration include: safety, the number of children who would be served by the new stop, their dismissal times, the time added to the route (which affects the length of time students are in the vehicle, as well as the time of the first pick-up in the morning and the last drop-off in the afternoon). Economic feasibility is also taken into account when giving consideration to additional or new stops.
The majority of the students in the vehicle who fall into one dismissal time or the other determine the dismissal time. For example, if there are 8 students on the van, and 5 are in middle school, and 3 are in lower school, the van will leave at the middle school dismissal time, and the lower school students have the opportunity to attend our After School program or be transported home by a parent or caregiver.
Yes, there are 3-point convertible BESI restraints attached to regular seats in our Beacon Hill/Back Bay Route (no booster required) and there are 2-point retractable seat belts on our passenger vans. Families are asked to provide booster seats for students who ride a Meadowbrook van and fall under the legal guidelines requiring use of a booster seat.
If a child misses the bus or van in either the morning or afternoon, it is the parent/caregiver’s responsibility to transport them to and from campus and to notify the school.
Yes. Families who elect to use the bus or van transportation regularly will be billed for daily one-way or round-trip rides for the duration of the school year. In the event a family wishes to add one-time rides to or from school, they may request a seat on the vehicle (pending available space) and will be billed for the one-time ride through our Business Office.