2016 Transportation Project

About The Project

Our District maintains a fleet of more than 100 school buses that travel approximately one million miles per year on area roads. Our existing facility, built more than 50 years ago, has become undersized and under-equipped as a base to provide vehicle maintenance services. The renovations associated with the new Transportation Center provide critical improvements that will allow Fairport to meet changing, enhanced industry standards and safety requirements while also accommodating increased bus sizes and mileage. Approved by voters in a district-wide referendum in 2016, the new facility will be built on the same parcel that has been occupied since the 1960s.

The District understands that project construction has created some concerns for certain neighbors in the area near the facility. Once construction is completed in the fall of 2019 and new landscaping is installed, we believe these concerns will be mitigated. Under New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved project plans and longstanding District policy, we will install practical measures to address potential impacts including those from noise and light. We will also continue to examine ways of supplementing those measures—as long as doing so will not compromise the safety and security measures that must be installed. Our goal from the outset of the project has always been a facility that helps us provide safe and reliable transportation for students while staying within the parameters of the plan approved by District voters. We’re well on the way to creating a Transportation Facility that will make you Red Raider Proud.

Transportation Center Building

The centerpiece of the Transportation Center is a new, more efficient building for servicing and maintaining the District’s 100+ buses.

This new building replaces a 50-year-old garage that is too small and under-equipped for the current demands of public school transportation.

The new Transportation Center will provide a more efficient site and resources for District personnel to keep buses and other vehicles in service and safe for the road.

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Our Bus Fleet

Fairport provides daily transportation for approximately 5,700 students. We achieve this with a fleet of more than 100 buses and other vehicles.

The Transportation Center serves as home base for these vehicles and operations associated with keeping them running safely and efficiently, including fuel and maintenance.

About 120 people, drivers included, access this facility on a daily basis.

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Fueling Stations

Like many aspects of the 50-year-old site, the fueling system at our Transportation Center was showing its age.

We’ve made a number of important improvements to enhance safety and make operations more efficient going forward. The District installed new underground fuel storage to replace aging tanks that were no longer sufficient for our needs.

The newly redesigned and updated fueling area is designed to get buses in and out quickly and safely, while seeking to minimize noise and odor impacts to nearby areas.

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Site Plan

The Transportation Center project allowed us to make other changes aimed at making the property function more efficiently.

For example, we will move the fence line on the northern end of the property a little further north to create space for necessary snow removal. This move also gives the town easier access to a manhole for regular sewer maintenance.

As the project progresses, we will be installing a new fence as well as new landscape features, including foliage and trees, to serve as a buffer between site operations and nearby properties. 

We recognize and acknowledge that the removal of trees and foliage has been a matter of concern for those living in the nearby neighborhood.

The District is committed to supplementing proposed measures to mitigate potential impacts from noise and light, where feasible, and in accordance with safety requirements. Please note that as with many projects, installing final landscaping features will likely be one of the final stages of work on the Transportation Center.

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Noise, Lighting, and Safety

The Transportation Center is and has always been a busy place, with more than 100 people reporting there for work each day. As part of the project the District has installed new LED lighting poles. 

We continue to evaluate this new lighting and examine practical measures through technology to limit potential for impact on surrounding properties. Please keep in mind that adequate lighting is critical for safety and security.

As with any construction project, there has been some additional noise, but any such increase from construction is temporary.

Over the long term, we believe once the project is completed and the mitigation measures are installed, undue noise and light impacts will not be a concern.

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