For more than 35 years, Catholic Charities CYO Transportation has been providing school bus services to a variety of public, private and parochial schools as well as numerous youth-serving organizations. Our commitment to the care and safety of children is the cornerstone of our foundation.
To fully meet the transportation needs of our customers and to get our passengers to their destination safely, on time, and ready to learn and participate.
Our fleet of 35 top-quality school buses offers customers highly dependable, thoroughly trained drivers. We provide a wide range of services including:
- Regular home-to-school routes
- Transportation for special-needs students
- Charter and activity trips
- Field and athletic trips
- Summer school and summer camp transportation
- Inter-agency transportation for Catholic Charities programs
- Vehicle maintenance services
- School bus driver training program
As a division of Catholic Charities, our revenue helps support some of the Bay Area’s neediest children, adults and seniors through the agency’s 34 social service programs.
Safety and Maintenance
CYO Transportation addresses the issue of safety in three equally important areas: 1) passenger safety; 2) driver safety; and 3) bus fleet safety. In order to achieve a high degree of safety on our buses, all three of these areas must work together smoothly and efficiently.
Passenger safety is of utmost importance to our operation. Our buses feature state-of-the-art technology and safety enhancements, including two-way radios and GPS navigation systems, allowing drivers and schools to be in constant communication with our office staff. Stop arms and red flashing lights alert motorists to children loading and unloading the bus. State laws have been enacted to punish drivers who refuse to stop for school bus loading and unloading.
Driver safety begins with screening candidates for employment, including a criminal background check, reference check, drug and alcohol screen, and a structured interview before being considered for training. By exceeding both State and Federal mandates for school bus driver training, we ensure that our drivers are the best trained and best qualified in the industry. In accordance with the Federal requirement, all our bus drivers are alcohol and drug tested pre-employment, post-accident, and at random. Our drivers are thoroughly trained to handle emergencies and to implement the proper emergency procedures. For more on the California safety requirements each of our drivers adheres to, please visit Section 38048 of the State of California Education Code.
Our buses are inspected annually, at a minimum, and certified by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and maintained according to CHP and California State Department of Education regulations. Documentation relating to each inspection is on file at our office and is available for public review. In addition to the CHP inspections, California State law requires that each vehicle is inspected every 3,000 miles or 45 days, whichever comes first. Our buses are maintained in strict accordance with manufacturer recommendations and requirements. In addition, we follow a strict preventative maintenance schedule, with includes:
- Daily inspection by driver.
- Inspection of belts, hoses, and fluid levels each day.
- Defects found as a result of the above inspections will be repaired immediately if found to be safety-related.
CYO Transportation insures its school buses as required by California law.
Our buses feature state-of-the-art technology and safety enhancements, including two-way radios and GPS navigation systems, allowing drivers and schools to be in constant communication with our office staff. To ensure thorough communication with clients and parents, live people are available on eight incoming phone lines during business hours (Monday – Friday, from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.) Our supervisors return phone calls as soon as possible, at minimum within the same work day. During evening and weekend hours, we maintain at least one on-call staff member to handle any concerns.
Reducing our Carbon Footprint
Every time a group uses a CYO school bus we automatically reduce vehicle emissions by reducing the number of cars on the road. Every year, vehicle and engine manufacturers must comply with the most recent and stringent emission regulations. All diesel engines now must be computer controlled and have exhaust filters. Consequently almost no particulate matter or toxic exhaust is emitted from the tailpipe. In addition, CYO Transportation has been using only ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, or “green” diesel. This is the cleanest diesel fuel available.
CYO Transportation purchased its first school bus in 1977 for Catholic Charities-related charters, weekend retreats and summer camp. During the following few years, an opportunity arose to serve the community at large and to generate revenue to benefit programs that serve youth.
Today, our fleet of 35 buses and staff of 43 dedicated employees serve 16 schools with 76 home-to-school routes. In addition, we operate more than 200 charters per month to a client base of more than 350 schools and organizations. We also operate a driver training program and an in-house maintenance program and consulting services to assist schools in the purchase and maintenance of buses.
Looking for a new career? CYO Transportation is looking for you! We offer many career opportunities:
- School bus drivers
- State of California-certified school bus driver instructors
- Bus washers
At CYO Transportation, everything we do is graded on the performance of the front line—our drivers. We invest heavily in driver recruitment and training because good drivers are hard to find and GOOD DRIVERS = SAFE KIDS. School bus driving is a job with a future.
We subject all applicants to stringent selection criteria, including drug testing, background checks, and an extensive interview process.
- Competitive wage package
- Medical, dental, vision and pension benefits available
- Full- and part-time work
- Morning and afternoon hours
- Nights and weekends
Requirements for a School Bus Driver:
- Valid California Class A or B license with passenger endorsement
- Valid school bus certificate
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must pass a Department of Transportation drug screen and physical exam
- Must pass a Department of Justice background check
Paid training and employment is available for qualified applicants.
If you are interested in applying for an open position, please visit our Job Opportunities page or contact Bill Avalos, Operations Manager at (650) 757-2117 or at bavalos@CatholicCharitiesSF.org.
To reserve a bus, please contact:
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
699 Serramonte Boulevard, Suite 210
Daly City, CA 94015
Marty Rea, General Manager
Bill Avalos, Operations Manager
Liz Sparks, Office Manager
Paul Marty, Shop Manager