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
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
We all know how important documentation is in the K-12 transportation industry. With such precious cargo, safety is paramount. More than that, emotions can run high, and the risk of liability is even higher. Your district is doing everything it can to ensure safety and stability, but you need documentation to prove it. Let’s take … Continue reading 5 Types of Documentation, and How Technology Can Help
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
When districts implement routing software, they’re looking to increase their level of service, to streamline processes for administration and teachers, to automate systems, or to find operational efficiencies. But the most important reason a school district invests in routing software is to address complex student needs and route students safely. If you’re looking at new … Continue reading Eight Essential Routing Software Features for Safety and Success
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 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
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?