Transportation Joint Agreement (TJA)
Bus service is provided for District 47 by the Transportation Joint Agreement (TJA) for students who reside more than 1.5 miles from school. Bus route information is posted in ParentVue in mid-August for the upcoming school year.
The TJA has been owned and operated by Districts 47 and 155 since 1974. The department services four high schools, three middle schools, nine elementary schools and two parochial schools. It also services various early childhood centers and provides transportation to 23 out-of-district special needs locations. The TJA has 125 school buses, 161 employees and transports approximately 12,000 students per day over 1.8 million miles per year! The organization recognizes its responsibilities to the community and makes a pledge to provide the safest, most efficient, reliable and timely bus service possible for the transportation of all students while abiding by all laws, rules procedures and ethical practices.
Electronic Recordings on School Buses
Electronic visual and audio recordings may be used on school buses to monitor conduct and to promote and maintain a safe environment for students and employees when transportation is provided for school-related activities.
TJA Special Events
Every August, the transportation department hosts a back-to-school open house event for incoming D47 Kindergarteners to "meet the bus" (see Kindergarten Bus Info for more information) and, at the end of November, TJA enters a bus in Downtown Crystal Lake's holiday parade. In November 2014, the TJA bus dressed up as "Olaf" from the movie Frozen and won the “Best Use of Lights” category (see photo below).