It’s a scene we see every year: around the time when budgets start getting analyzed and allocated, superintendents and finance directors across the country look at all those commas separating the numbers for the transportation budget. Their eyes go wide, and they ask the inevitable question, never meant as an insult: “How much of this … Continue reading True Story: Saving $1.5 Million with Creative Routing
Imagine you’re trying to find a better method for cleaning your house, so it takes, say, three hours instead of four, and costs you $20 per cleaning instead of $60. You could just go buy the cheapest cleaning solutions. You could tie paper towels to your dog’s feet and throw a ball around the house. … Continue reading For Efficiency, Data is Everything
I haven’t met a single bus driver, route coordinator, or transportation director who isn’t 100 percent focused on service. However, the more accommodating we are for our parents and students, the less efficient our operation can become. Service and safety are paramount, yet with budget constraints and a nation-wide driver shortage, every school district in … Continue reading 3 Principles of Routing Software to Help You Find Efficiency
How do you find transportation savings in a school district that is growing by leaps and bounds? Ask Joe Dives of Magnolia ISD: his district of 13,200 students has grown more than 10 percent just in the last three years, and between 2007 and 2009 the district grew nearly 30 percent in size. Yet transportation … Continue reading Finding Savings in a Growing District: Tales from the Road
It always makes us smile here at Tyler Technologies when we hear specific examples of how our solutions make life easier for districts, and recently, I heard from Greenfield Public Schools in Massachusetts. “Greenfield’s transportation department needed a better solution to track and report on student activity outside the classroom,” said Michael Howes, transportation coordinator … Continue reading Tales From the Road: Route Savings Translate to Classroom Gains
Working with transportation offices around the U.S. and Canada is one of the best parts of working at Tyler Technologies. This is especially true when I hear stories about how our solutions really help districts meet the struggles they face. For example, in 2016, challenges were quickly adding up for Dwayne Dimsdale, transportation director of … Continue reading Georgia District Turns Challenges Into Opportunities with Versatrans
Recently, as part of my work for Tyler Technologies, I got the chance to speak with Transportation Director Brenda Cravens, who works for Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 60 in North Berwick, Maine. In the past year she switched from the state-sponsored routing software to Traversa, and I asked to share her story here to … Continue reading Tales from the Road: Maine District Switches to Traversa for Ease of Use
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
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?
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?