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?
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
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
Driving a school bus can be the beginning of a long and varied career in student transportation. Most drivers also work as mechanics, trainers, dispatchers, or directors — or they plan to move into one (or all) of those roles in the future. So it’s important for those working in student transportation to become familiar … Continue reading Student Transportation Industry Resources
Let’s face it, being a school bus mechanic can be a pretty thankless job. They don’t get facetime with the kids. They don’t get a picture colored for them or gifts during the holidays from grateful parents. Yet they have a vital task: keeping the fleet that transports and protects those children mechanically safe and … Continue reading Talking to Mechanics About Fleet Software
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?
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?
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
Warmer temperatures are underway. Baseball games and track meets dominate your athletic trip schedule. You’re planning for the hectic finals week. Somehow, it's almost the end of the school year again and, if you’re like most people who work in K-12 transportation, you cringe when someone says, “Aren't you off for the summer?” Not only … Continue reading Summer School and Routing Software