2021-22 WHMS Bus Pass Lottery

 

We are excited to bring back yellow school bus service in the fall of 2021 to the Ross Valley School District and White Hill School! Due to a high demand for bus passes in previous years, Marin Transit has developed a new system for the yellow bus pass purchases for 2021/22. This new plan is comprised of a lottery sign up for bus passes now, the development of routes based on requested stops, and then the awarding and sale of bus passes later in the summer. We are asking all parents who have any interest in bus passes for their White Hill student in the fall of 2021 to complete the following lottery request form by Wednesday, June 2, 2021 to become eligible for a pass:

White Hill Buss Lottery Request Form

This form will give families the option to select the preferred AM or PM stop for each student in the household and will help Marin Transit determine the areas where service is most needed in the district. Parents do not have to make a financial commitment to enter the lottery.

Immediately following completion of the request form, you will be emailed a random 2-letter code signifying your placement in the route selection process. Once the lottery request is closed, staff will develop routes and reach back out to interested parents to prioritize their AM and PM routes for purchase. We expect this to occur during the week of June 7, 2021.  

The final step will be to purchase your assigned routes. Your routes will be awarded based on your placement in the lottery and your prioritized routes. Parents will receive an email with a link to purchase their awarded route and will be given 7 days to complete the purchase. Unpurchased passes will be made available for purchase to the next person on the priority list.

We look forward to transporting your student soon!

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Lottery Terms and Conditions:

  • Submit only one form per family for the lottery. If multiple forms for the same student are completed, Marin Transit will select the results of the first entry. 
  • Upon submission, each family will receive one randomized 2-letter code to signify their assigned placement on the pre-published priority list.
  • Routes will be assigned based on a family’s placement on the priority list and on the availability of the preferred routes provided by the family. We will reach out to families with route options after June 7th.
  • Siblings will be placed on the same route unless otherwise noted on the lottery signup sheet.
  • Once awarded, families will be given 7 days to complete their purchase. Passes that remain unpurchased will be made available to the next person on the priority list. 
  • Passes cannot be given to another family and must be purchased for the student listed on the lottery signup sheet. All unauthorized purchases will be refunded minus a 5% processing fee. 

 

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Lottery FAQ

How do I enter my student in the lottery?

Previous pass holders will be notified by Marin Transit and a link will be provided when the lottery begins.  Staff at White Hill Middle School will also assist by forwarding Marin Transit communications to parents of prospective pass holders.

Do I need to complete a separate lottery request form for each child in my family?

No, only one submission per family.  Each lottery request form will include space for up to 3 students.  If multiple forms have been submitted, Marin Transit will select the results of the first form only.

When can my family be entered in the lottery?

The lottery request form will be available from May 24th, 2021, through June 2nd, 2021.  Once the lottery window has closed, routes and schedules will be developed and posted on the website. We will then reach out to you and ask you to select your top three AM and/or PM routes.

When will I be notified of the results of the lottery?

After the lottery submission window closes on June 2nd, routes and schedules will be developed and posted on the website. We will then reach out to you and ask you to select your top three AM and/or PM routes. Using the family’s placement within the lottery, Marin Transit will begin contacting parents who have been awarded their first route selection and give seven days to purchase that pass. We expect this process to start on June 21, 2021.  If left unpurchased, after seven days the pass will be made available to the next person on the priority list.

When can I purchase my pass?

After receiving an email with a link to purchase your route, you will be given seven days to complete your purchase.  If left unpurchased, the pass will be made available to the next person on the priority list.

What if I do not like my awarded route?

You are under no obligation to purchase a pass that is awarded to you.  For those who are not awarded a route or are unsatisfied with the available route options, a request can be made to be put on a waitlist for a desired route.  If a space becomes available and you are next on the list, Marin Transit staff will contact you with further instructions. 

If I change my mind, can I give my awarded pass to another family?

No.  Passes are reserved for 7 days to the family and student listed on the lottery request form.  Any unauthorized purchases will be immediately refunded minus a 5% processing fee.

How do I learn more about bus stops and schedules?

A map listing all bus stops served in previous years can be found at https://ross-valley-map.vercel.app.

By completing the lottery request form you will provide valuable input on the route and schedule planning for the service.  We will reach out to all families when route schedules have been finalized and will publish them at www.rossvalleyschoolbus.com

How do I learn more about pass price?

One-way pass prices will range between $490 - $575 each and will be dependent on interest by families in purchasing a pass.  We will reach out to all families when pass prices have been finalized.