Officials break ground for transportation facility to serve western Prince William
Posted on 10/11/2018
Officials break ground for new transportation facilityState and local dignitaries joined School Board members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Walts on October 9 to celebrate the start of construction on a school bus transportation facility in Gainesville.

Speakers, including Walts; Lillie Jessie, School Board Vice Chairman; and Jeanine Lawson, Brentsville District representative on the Board of County Supervisors, touted the benefits of the new multi-functional operations center, such as enhanced customer service, efficiency, and cost savings.

The Office of Transportation Services staff at the new facility will assist with control of 180 buses out of the 800-plus that travel Prince William roads daily; maintain contact with fire, rescue, and police; and answer calls from potentially 20,000 parents, 33 schools, and 150,000 citizens. Route managers will supervise 45 to 60 bus drivers and attendants who will transport 5,800 students.

The site will provide parking for 180 buses that serve western Prince William schools. These buses now park in satellite lots at four schools and are driven to distant facilities for maintenance. The new facility will include an automatic bus washing area which uses recycled water.

"Along with the priority of student safety is the need to keep our bus fleet, and all our vehicles, well maintained," said Walts. "This facility will relieve the stress on our transportation resources and help reduce costs associated with current operations."

 Pictured below, left to right: David Choi, aide to Del. John Bell; Sasan Faraj, student representative on the School Board; Superintendent Dr. Steve Walts; School Board member Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville); School Board Vice Chairman Lillie Jessie (Occoquan); Deputy Superintendent Keith Imon; Interim Associate Superintendent Wayne Mallard, Transportation Services Director Shirley Posey

Officials with shovels breaking ground for transportation facility

Exterior rendering of transportation facility