Our bus drivers are often the first school staff member our students meet each day. The bonds they build with children before and after each school day are critical to making students feel cared for and welcome.

Bus Routes

RSD Transportation Department staff have finalized bus information for our students returning for in-person learning.

All busing information is available by logging into our ELink portal. Don’t have an ELink account yet? Learn how to create an account.

Students assigned to a bus route will have a bus stop, pickup time and route information available. Students who live within walking distance of their school will not have busing information listed. Please note that kindergartners must be met by a parent or guardian when being dropped off after school until the Transportation Department has written permission to let them off with a sibling or alone.

Ben Franklin Transit (BFT)

Ben Franklin Transit runs school-supportive routes (referred to as “school trippers”) for Richland School District high school students. These are modified bus routes that run in tandem with normal routes and are designed to alleviate congestion on buses at the beginning and end of the school day. BFT will operate the tripper routes Monday thru Thursday to mirror the district’s in-person learning schedule. To remain federally compliant, this service is accessible to all customers, not just students. Route maps and schedules can be found on BFT's website at  


In addition to routed bus services, Ben Franklin Transit has launched BFT CONNECT, an on-demand ride service that connects riders to the BFT bus network within a designated zone. In transit, this can be considered a first mile/last mile service for those not beginning or ending their bus trip within convenient walking distance to bus stops. There are certainly some areas within Richland where students and their families could consider transit a viable transportation option using BFT CONNECT. There are currently six BFT CONNECT zones throughout the Tri-Cities. Service details and maps of each zone can be found at

Snow Detour Procedures 

In snowy or icy conditions, Ben Franklin Transit may adjust routes to ensure the safety of our passengers and employees. BFT Route detours will be announced as soon as possible via the following channels: 

Any questions you may have about utilizing the transit system should be asked of Ben Franklin Transit directly at 509-735-5100.

Patricia Thomas

Dispatch Office
(509) 967-6151

Become A Bus Driver

School bus driving is a rewarding experience that offers a steadily-paced work day and the opportunity to be a part of student lives.  We interview applicants for substitute driver positions throughout the school year as needed. 

There are out of pocket expenses related to obtaining a commercial driver's license (CDL) some of which are reimbursable after six months and your training hours are paid if you are hired.

Apply for substitute driver positions online. If you need assistance, contact Human Resources at (509) 967-6023. You may also contact Tricia Callahan, Transportation Safety Supervisor, at (509) 967-6154 or at

The Student Ridership Program

Our Student Ridership Program, supported in partnership with Tyler Technologies, is a new way for families to monitor their child’s trip to and from school each day and receive notifications whenever there is a delay or other transportation issue.

Each student bus rider will be provided an ID card that they scan whenever they board or depart one of the district's school buses. This information, as well as the status of a student’s bus along its route, can be accessed by parents through the Versatrans My Stop app available through the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play.

In addition to giving our families peace of mind, this program will assist bus drivers in navigating routes, knowing which students should be on their buses and each student’s respective bus stop.

For more information, contact the Transportation Department at (509) 967-6150.

Additional Transportation Information

Parents who have elected to send their children to a school outside their attendance boundary or are out-of-district must provide transportation for their child each day. Secondary students may qualify for a bus pass for Ben Franklin Transit provided by the transportation department.

We ask all students and families to review our School Bus Rules and Student Conduct on Buses at the beginning of each school year.