Student Riders

Niles DART aspires to provide safe, secure, and efficient transportation for every passenger.  In order to further ensure the safety of our student passengers, we request that a parent or guardian of each of student rider complete the Student Rider Form and return the completed form to the DART Office prior to students riding on DART buses.  You may give the form to the bus driver the next time your child rides the bus, or you may return it directly to our office at 623 N. Second Street in Niles.  

Important Notes for Student Riders

  • Niles and Buchanan area students in grades K-12 are eligible for half fare.  This means that rides within the Niles city limits are $1.50 (down from $3), rides within the Buchanan city limits are $.75 (down from $1.50), and rides to, from, within the townships are $2.00 (down from $4).  Valid school ID is required for middle and high school students. 
  • Fares must be paid when the student boards the bus.  We accept cash (drivers cannot make change), checks, or tickets.  Punch card tickets are available from bus drivers or at the office for $10 each.   
  • Remember to call the office to cancel a scheduled ride that is no longer needed to avoid no-show fees.  This includes vacation and half-days, and days that your student is ill.  
  • DART is a shared ride service.  There may be other riders on the bus at the same time as your student.
Call the office with any questions!  269-684-5150 or 269-697-0600, ext. 1