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District plans central bus facility

Jeff Clemetson, Sierra Sun

Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District buses are close to finding a permanent home, thanks to a TTUSD board decision approving funding for a transportation, maintenance and operations facility to be built on Joerger Drive in Truckee.

“From a transportation standpoint, they’ve needed this for a long time,” said John Britto, TTUSD director of facilities. “The idea is to bring transportation to one central location.”

Britto described the current situation of parking buses all over the area as “inconvenient” and that the need for the facility has been building as the number of students in the district has grown.

As the facility is proposed now, the estimated cost of building the facility is $7 million.

The plans for the facility have been reduced twice to fall within budget. Originally, the facility was designed with operations buildings on site and a larger bus storage building.

The current proposal will have 4,389 square feet of administration offices, an 18,990 square foot bus maintenance facility complete with a bus wash and covered parking for five buses.

The roughly 45-acre property is large enough to expand the facility later on if needed and money is allocated to do so. Future plans for the site include adding a building for the district’s food service and expanding the bus parking to house the district’s entire fleet of 50 buses.

Funding for the facility will come from developer fees allocated to the school district. Monty Folsom, director of business services, told the TTUSD board at its Sept. 5 meeting that the district could expect a “conservative estimate” of $13 million from developer fees over the next 10 years with the number actually being closer to $20 million.

The board approved $9.5 million to fund the $7 million project and cover additional costs at its Sept. 5 meeting. At its next meeting on Sept. 19, the board gave direction to start the bidding process to build.

The board is expected to vote on a bid proposal in the spring and begin building the facility. The project is expected to be completed by fall of 2002.