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

The first few weeks of the new school year are critical in establishing an awareness to the public of the large number of school aged children who will be walking to school or who will be congregating at school bus stops, MBTA bus stops and MBTA stations throughout the city.  The Boston Police Department is committed to ensuring a safe school year for all students throughout the City of Boston. 

In order to ensure that the public is aware of the increased presence of children particularly on the opening days of school, Boston Police will assign officers to monitor vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout the city.

The City of Boston has also implemented traffic safety precautions to coincide with the 2023/2024 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 advised to watch closely for school buses and children, to be patient, and to drive and park with extra care on local streets, and as always reminded to NOT text while driving.

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.