School Tripper

School Tripper buses are added to certain routes to prevent overcrowding due to an increase in student ridership. Students can use this service in addition to our fixed route bus service to get to where they need to go.


SunLine is currently serving Desert Sands Unified School District, and will begin service for Palm Springs Unified School District as in person learning resumes.


School Tripper service is a limited-stop service that operates on the following schedules:


Palm Desert High School: Tripper  501 and 500

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La Quinta High School: Tripper 700 and 701 

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Shadow Hills High School: Tripper 800, 801, 802 and 803

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Does a School Tripper bus look different from a regular SunBus?

No, School Tripper service is conducted on the same vehicles as regular fixed route service. This is an additional service to provide extra room for social distancing as more students begin to ride our fixed route system.

How will I know which bus is a School Tripper?

Each School Tripper bus is easily identified by it's head sign. The head sign is the LED screen on the front of the bus. It will show the Tripper route number followed by the destination. 

For example, Route 801 SB serving Shadow Hills High School will have a head sign that reads: 801 JACKSON/44TH

Can I find School Tripper service on myStop mobile app?

Yes. myStop Mobile is the best resource to plan any SunLine trip, including School Tripper service.

When will Palm Springs Unified School District have School Tripper service?

Palm Springs Unified School District is currently scheduled to begin classes on April 12th, 2021. We will begin our School Tripper service on the first day of in-person learning. For more information, visit

Route 5 isn't running under Level 3 service. Will School Tripper 500 and 501 serve bus stops on Cook St.?

Yes. Although Route 5 is not operating under Level 3 service, all Desert Sands Unified School Tripper routes are running. Stops will be labeled with the timetables for School Tripper schedules.