We are the ‘driving force’ in education!
HCPS Pupil Transportation provides a support service, designed to enhance the educational opportunities of all students. Our staff and employees provide a climate of communication and collaboration, emphasizing the importance of strong and interdependent working relationships.
The school division is noted for its vast pupil transportation infrastructure. Transporting more than 28,000 students each day, HCPS uses a fleet of 658 vehicles. Of those, 627 are school buses. Most are Type C (conventional-style) buses, including the Blue-Bird Vision, International CE and the Thomas Saf-T-Liner C-2. Type D (transit-style) buses include the Blue-Bird All American FE and RE, International FE and RE and the Thomas Saf-T-Liner HDX.
Our mission is to provide safe and reliable student transportation for all eligible students to and from school and school activities each day.
Zone Office Contacts
If you have a question about your child’s bus route, please click on the appropriate zone to get contact information for the zone office supervisor for your school.
Zone 1 – East Area
William (Bill) Manns
Baker Elementary School
Zone 2 – North Area
Brookland Middle School
Zone 3 – Northwest Area
Central Auto Maintenance
Zone 4 – West Area
Skipwith Elementary School
Zone 5 – Northeast Area
Fairfield Middle School
Transportation for students attending specialty centers or alternative schools
Transportation is arranged from the neighborhood bus stop, using the student’s home address, and provided to each center or school. New students complete a transportation registration form (provided by the specialty center chair or JROTC instructor). Returning students will need to complete the Pupil Transportation Registration Form.
Specialty center and JROTC students who reside outside the school’s attendance zone will be transported as follows:
Students are picked up from neighborhood bus stops and transported to one of four regional transfer hubs, at Highland Springs, Hermitage, Deep Run and Douglas Freeman high schools. They then board a bus designated to transport students from the hub to their school.
Families that choose to drop students off at the hub in the morning must arrive no later than 7:40 a.m.
HCPS Pupil Transportation staff members are stationed at the hubs to help direct students. Students must follow the directions of the transfer-hub coordinator. The school building at the transfer hub is not open for student access.
Students board a designated shuttle bus and travel to the assigned hub. They then board their assigned buses to go home to their neighborhood bus stop.
Students enrolled at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School board a designated shuttle bus to return to their home high school. They then board their assigned bus to go home to their neighborhood bus stop.
About the hub system
The hub system is the most efficient way we can provide transportation to students attending schools out of their home attendance zones. Some of the students have very lengthy travel times, especially those who live farthest from a regional hub. The high school morning bell rings at 8:55 a.m., but some students have neighborhood stop pickup times earlier than 7 a.m. In the afternoon, buses depart high schools by 4:05 p.m., but some students have neighborhood stop dropoff times later than 5:15 p.m. The hubs have to release all buses at the same time (morning and afternoon), so students with the shortest shuttles between the hub and school may (1) arrive at school quite early in the morning, and (2) have a delay at their afternoon hub waiting for all buses to arrive.
Interesting facts about pupil transportation in Henrico County:
- Our school division (Henrico County) covers around 245 square miles.
- Henrico County is divided into five transportation zones: Zone 1 (East), Zone 2 (North), Zone 3 (Northwest), Zone 4 (West) and Zone 5 (Northeast).
- All HCPS buses are powered by ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel.
- The average age of the HCPS bus fleet is 10 years. Current HCPS buses joined the fleet anywhere from 2000-2021.
- Our goal is to maintain a school bus replacement cycle of at least 13 years.
- Our buses range in capacity from 24 to 78 passengers.
- During the 2019-20 school year, HCPS buses traveled more than 10 million miles.
- During the 2019-20 school year, our buses used more than a million gallons of diesel fuel.
- We transport more than 28,000 students each day to 46 elementary, 12 middle and 9 high schools throughout Henrico County. We also provide shuttle service to a host of programs, including the Advanced Career Education centers, and the specialty centers located at various middle and high schools across the county.
Reminders for families
We appreciate your patience. Some reminders as students return to school for in-person instruction:
- Ensure that students are wearing masks as they board the bus each morning and afternoon.
- Follow the directions of the bus drivers for seat assignments.
- Buses are properly sanitized often – after each run in the morning and afternoon.
- Bus drivers are equipped with proper PPE, including some disposable masks for students. Drivers will instruct students to wear their masks while riding the bus.
- As always, please contact your zone transportation office for additional information.