Routing Choices That Move You Forward

The technology at your fingertips can either propel your team’s productivity or it can grind your office to a halt. Debbie Swenson, the transportation systems and technical analyst at Arlington ISD in Texas, recently shared her experience trying to route with inefficient tools and the frustrations that ultimately led the district to seek a better … Continue reading Routing Choices That Move You Forward

The “Uber-ification” of K-12 Transportation

It’s 7:56 a.m. My kids have gotten dressed, eaten their breakfast, fed their fish, and packed their bookbags. They’re watching YouTube, flipping back and forth on the Roku between my son’s preferred videos and my daughter’s. They still need to brush their teeth—two minutes—and get their shoes on—one minute—and the bus stop is a little … Continue reading The “Uber-ification” of K-12 Transportation

For Efficiency, Data is Everything

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

Finding Savings in a Growing District: Tales from the Road

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

Georgia District Turns Challenges Into Opportunities with Versatrans

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

Eight Essential Routing Software Features for Safety and Success

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

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?

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

What the Sunset of the 2G Network Means for GPS and Student Transportation

What is the 2G network? The “G” in 2G stands for the “Generation” of the cellular network. A higher number before the ‘G’ means more power to send out and receive more information and therefore the ability to achieve a higher efficiency through the wireless network. The 2G network is based on narrow band digital … Continue reading What the Sunset of the 2G Network Means for GPS and Student Transportation