In my previous life as a Soldier in the U.S. Army, my standards for leadership were pretty high. We weren’t infantry, artillery, or Special Forces. I served in the Army Corps of Engineers, and we were building roads, fortifying bases, and hauling supplies. The blue-collar workers of the military — they don’t make movies out … Continue reading Four Virtues from the Military That Can Help Your K-12 Operation Today
A lot happens in the fall. The weather gets cooler, kids get back in the school routine, pumpkins appear on porches, and the school bus conference season begins. What better way to keep up on all that’s going on in the industry than to attend some conferences? If your district only allows you to attend … Continue reading Five Questions to Decide Which Fall Conferences to Attend
Let’s talk about the unsung heroes of school transportation – your mechanics. Who else is going to run out to change wiper blades on a bus halfway through its route in the middle of a downpour? Who else is going to stay overnight at the garage in below-zero temperatures to make sure the fuel doesn’t … Continue reading Here’s to Your Mechanics
As a society, we are constantly on the go. Almost everything is becoming available on a mobile platform as technology continues to advance. Routing software should be no different. Which is one of the reasons I love to talk with people about Traversa, the transportation management software from Tyler Technologies. And, specifically, about a feature … Continue reading 5 Reasons Traversa’s Run Collector Is Tried and True
Technology continues to disrupt our world, and that can mean more opportunities for your contracting business. The school transportation industry is finally seeing the benefits of auto tech, because the public is demanding safer vehicles and more transparent organizations. School bus routing software is no exception. Historically, even the most robust routing and planning systems … Continue reading Contractors and the Multi-District Model
The world changes quickly. Changes in technology are even quicker. It can feel impossible to keep up with sometimes, and one of your greatest challenges as a transportation professional is fitting today’s technology into your operation. Like everything you do, it involves managing many different expectations: Parents expect the school bus location to show up … Continue reading Managing Expectations for Changing Technology
In Men, Machines, and Modern Times, Elting Morison shares the story of a British officer in the 1940s who was reviewing his unit’s processes. Previously pulled by horses, the unit’s cannons had been mechanized, and the officer brought in an expert to study stop-motion pictures of a light artillery crew going through their firing drills. … Continue reading Are You Still Holding Your Horses?
How much is an insurance policy worth to you, your school, or your operation? Think of the well-spent budget dollars used to insure your fleet. It brings the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your losses are covered. But how do you “insure” students? What can you do to create peace of mind … Continue reading Telematics Is Peace of Mind
Put yourself in the shoes of a kindergartner riding the bus for the first time. You’ve never been somewhere without mom or dad, there’s a bunch of older kids at the bus stop you’ve never met, and you’re supposed to get on the loud yellow monster to go do this “school” thing. Transportation departments have … Continue reading How Does Transportation Tech Affect the Quality of Service?
I sat down with Andy J. Martin, who recently retired after 37 years in the field of student transportation. He began his career in 1980 as the Coordinator of Transportation at a small district, and by 1987, he was working as the Transportation Director at Elgin U-46, the second largest school district in Illinois. He … Continue reading Interview with a Transportation Professional