Drivers Warned to Watch for School Buses and Children on Local Streets as School Year Begins


The City of Boston has implemented traffic safety precautions to coincide with the 2019/2020 first day of school.  Boston’s Police and Transportation Departments will both be out in force at key locations to ensure that Boston’s streets are accessible so that the City’s children arrive in their classrooms safely and on time.  Drivers are warned to watch closely for school buses and children, to be patient, and to drive and park with extra care on local streets.

Boston Police Officers will be concentrating their efforts at various intersections throughout the City to control traffic and to keep congestion to a minimum so that both school buses and MBTA buses carrying children are not delayed along their routes.  Drivers are reminded that it is against the law to pass a school bus when the “STOP” arm on the bus is activated.

BPD and BTD will also be working to ensure that drivers do not violate public safety related parking regulations.  Of particular concern are:

  • No Parking in Crosswalks

  • No Double Parking

  • No Parking in Handicap Ramps

  • No Parking Within 20 Feet of An Intersection

  • Less than 10 Feet from a Fire Lane

  • No Stopping or Standing

  • Hydrants

In addition, the City of Boston has been in touch with local utilities and construction companies to coordinate permitted work activities so that they do not impact designated bus routes, traffic safety and school zone safety.