Yes. It is OK for a student to occasionally be picked up or dropped off at a different stop within the same route. (For example, if your student takes the South 280 bus and occasionally needs to be picked up at Woodside Road instead of Sharon Heights.)
Since routes are near capacity, Crystal cannot guarantee capacity for one-off or occasional changes between routes. Our service providers will accommodate students only if seats are available. Contact the Transportation Coordinator at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to make a switch on a certain day: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We realize that from time to time students may need to be dropped off directly at school instead of using their preferred transportation option. Notice is needed only if this occurs on a regular basis. If a student regularly misses their preferred transportation route, they may be taken off the roster and cannot be guaranteed a seat.
We strongly encourage all of our families to take advantage of the bus and shuttle options, or to carpool with neighbors. We believe our transportation options are attractive and families will willingly opt-in. If we are at risk of violating our traffic demand management (TDM) agreement, we will enforce strict commuting policies. After two years, we are happy to report that we continue to satisfy our permit requirements and thank our community for reaching those goals.
Given the different schedules and transport patterns, there are separate routes for US and MS students. There will be one morning shuttle from the MS campus for US students who choose an earlier commute time.
Our conditional use permit with the City of Belmont requires a staggered school day schedule relative to our neighbor the Ralston Middle School. Our earlier start time benefits the Belmont community and allows our families to avoid the heavy traffic that occurs during the Ralston MS drop-off and pick-up periods.
For students from the East Bay there are two options. First, students can take BART to Colma station then the shuttle or bus to their campus. Second, AC Transit Route M goes to Hillsdale CalTrain where students transfer to the Northbound CalTrain to San Mateo station, where a shuttle bus to the US campus will be waiting.
The school provides a shuttle from the MS campus to the US campus, shuttles from both campuses to local CalTrain stations, and St. Bart’s parking lot to the US campus. For the Middle School, there is also a morning shuttle from Menlo-Park station as CalTrain does not stop there in the morning. Our partnership with Zum provides flexibility for families to arrange for rideshares or point-to-point transportation at their expense. Finally, it will be easy to arrange carpools with a carpool app.