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.
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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 is reinstating school-supportive routes (referred to as “trippers”) beginning Monday, Feb. 17, to coincide with Richland School District’s return to in-person learning for 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 our website at bft.org/BusRoutes.
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 on our website at bft.org/ConnectOnDemand.
Any questions you may have about utilizing the transit system should be asked of Ben Franklin Transit directly at 735-5100.