New RRPS Transportation Center

New Transportation Center Increases Efficiency, Saves Costs
Posted on 07/31/2018

New RRPS Transportation CenterWhen Rio Rancho Public Schools buses roll on the first day of school, they’ll do so from a new, functional facility that will better support our students’ transportation needs for years to come – and will ultimately save the district hundreds of thousands of dollars in rental costs.

The finishing touches are currently being completed at the new facility, located on Moccasin Dr. near Broadmoor Blvd. and Northern Blvd.  The Student Transportation Department moved into the new Transportation Center shortly after school ended in May.

Buses parked at new transportation centerSince the district’s beginning in 1994, RRPS buses have been operating out of a facility owned by the district’s first bus contractor.  “We would like to thank the Helwig family for their support over the years,” says Superintendent Dr. Sue Cleveland.  “They have been great and cooperative landlords and we appreciate all they’ve done for us.  But as the district has tripled in size and brought the operation of its transportation services in-house, we have long since outgrown the old bus lot and needed to build our own facility with adequate space to support our buses, mechanics, and drivers and room to grow.”

The opening of the new facility will also save the district rent money.  The rental of the former bus facility was costing the district approximately $93,000 per year.  This is money that now can be used to support to-and-from bus services, which are chronically underfunded by the state and have operated in the red for many years.

Bus parked in new maintenance garage The new transportation facility includes secure, access-controlled parking spaces for more than 100 buses, modern maintenance bays which can service up to five buses at once, training facilities and other accommodations for bus drivers, bus attendants, mechanics, and transportation support staff, a refueling station that can fuel four buses at once, and a public reception area.

The approximately $6.5 million cost of the facility was funded by voters through the 2012 bond issue.  This project, and the Lincoln Middle School gym currently under construction, are the last major projects being completed from the 2012 bond cycle.

Buses unloading students at Puesta del Sol ESTransportation Trivia:

Students transported daily (177 days per year): Approximately 9,000
Miles traveled daily:  Approximately 6,500

Number of buses:  88

Staff: 126, including:

  • Drivers: 88
  • Attendants: 22
  • Mechanics and maintenance: 4
  • Administrative and support staff: 12

Number of bus routes: 450+
Number of bus stops: 1,900+

About the Facility:

Architect:  NCA Architects
Contractor:  H.B. Construction
Site:  11.66 acres
Interior square footage: 19,346

  • Administrative facility: 9,907
  • Maintenance facility: 9,439

Estimated cost:  $6,650,000
Funded through: 2012 voter-approved bond issue

Transportation center dispatch facilityAdministrative facility includes:  Public reception area and conference room, staff training and meeting room, safety training kiosks, dispatch center (shown at left), administrative offices, work and break areas for drivers and staff, staff and public parking for 126 vehicles.

Maintenance facility includes:  Secure, access-controlled parking for 110 buses, four-pump bus refueling station, maintenance bays capable of simultaneously servicing five buses (shown in photo upper left in section above), tool, equipment, and fluid storage, mechanics’ office space and break room, bus wash station.