Managing Expectations for Changing Technology

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

Are You Still Holding Your Horses?

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?

Telematics Is Peace of Mind

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

Interview with a Transportation Professional

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

Tales from the Road: District Gains Insight Through Technology

I get the chance to talk to lots of transportation staff from districts across the U.S. and Canada, and I’ve found that across the board, the highly successful student transportation departments have something in common: they stop and look around. It’s harder than it sounds. Student transportation is a crazy business, with many tasks always … Continue reading Tales from the Road: District Gains Insight Through Technology

Tips for a Successful Software Implementation

There are two parts to any enterprise technology solution: software and service. What a software product can do is important, of course, and you should look carefully at its functionality before buying. But software only gets you partway to an improved operation. The services provided along with the software, such as training and support, often … Continue reading Tips for a Successful Software Implementation

What Happens When a Vendor Responds to an RFP?

Summer is a quieter time for school transportation (relatively, of course), so this may be the best time of year for preparing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for those technology solutions you’re considering adding to your district operations. In order to help you craft an RFP that gets you the win as much as your … Continue reading What Happens When a Vendor Responds to an RFP?

Technology Disruption? Or Evolution?

The last time you took a summer vacation somewhere new, where did you stop to purchase your atlas? That’s your laughably rhetorical question for the day. Whether you’re reacting with nostalgia, or you’re wondering what an atlas is, you agree that it’s a pretty absurd thought these days. Disruption. That’s the word we use when … Continue reading Technology Disruption? Or Evolution?

How Children See Your School Bus

According to the American School Bus Council, “students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely if they travel by school bus instead of traveling by car.” School buses are built safer and maintained more diligently than ever before. Couple this with the savings on fuel and traffic congestion, and it’s no … Continue reading How Children See Your School Bus

Who’s Driving Your Software Demo?

Selecting the right software to help you run your operation is one of the most critical decisions you can make in student transportation. And it’s a decision you’ll make based off of one or two demonstrations of the program. That’s why it’s so important that you don’t just see what the salesperson wants to show. … Continue reading Who’s Driving Your Software Demo?