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Deer Park ISD Upgrades Field Trip Management to the Cloud

The Texas district recently moved its busHive Field Trip Software from a standalone app to the cloud The transportation department at Texas’ Deer Park Independent School District (ISD) transports more than 3,000 students per day with a fleet of 110 buses. In addition to daily routing, the district coordinates transportation and drivers for field trips, […]

Ransomware Attacks on School Districts and the Resulting Impacts on Transportation Departments

Ransomware attacks – in which a software first maliciously steals information from an organization, and then locks that information until a ransom is paid to hackers – are on the rise against American public school districts. The nature of ransomware has evolved in recent years, lending to an increase in the severity of attacks. “Ransomware […]

Key Considerations in the Pursuit of Clean School Bus Air

Indoor air quality in schools is finally being addressed, and that includes the air in school buses. School buses are the most densely populated areas of a school facility and they inherently have poor air quality. Funding is available through the CARES Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to clean the air in […]

Nassau County School District upgrades its routing to the next generation

The Nassau County School District (NCSD) (https://www.nassau.k12.fl.us/) is comprised of 16 fully accredited schools covering five geographic areas across Northeast Florida and serving nearly 12,000 students with over 50 percent utilizing student transportation services on a daily basis. “We have close to 2,000 bus stops that we make every day, running typically 75 routes,” said […]

East Irondequoit CSD manages trips effectively with busHive

As the director of transportation for East Irondequoit Central School District, Kathleen Callon is responsible for a school district transportation department running approximately 100 buses and servicing three different school districts in the Rochester, New York area: East Irondequoit, West Irondequoit, and East Rochester. Between the three districts, Callon’s department transports approximately 4,000 students, running […]

Reporting Violations Will Get Easier

In 2019, there were an estimated 115 million cars on the road per day: driving to work, school, the grocery store, the works. But nearly 100,000 of those, wherever they were heading to, illegally passed a school bus when the stop-arm was extended. According to the NASDPTS (National Association of State Directors of Student Transportation […]

Putting Safety First: Districts Must Go “Beyond Enforcement”

By Jean Souliere Drivers illegally pass stopped school buses more than 17 million times a year in the US. BusPatrol aims to reduce this number to zero with its no-cost school bus safety programs. Jean Souliere, CEO of BusPatrol, explains how school districts can overcome financial barriers that prohibit them from adopting the latest school […]

Carroll County secures real-time communications with GPSLockbox and FirstNet

With the responsibility of moving more than 24,000 students each day in Maryland, safe and reliable communication is of paramount concern to transportation officials at Carroll County Public Schools. This year, despite COVID-19, the district’s transportation department began a major initiative to upgrade its communications system – which previously relied on drivers using traditional consumer […]

Selecting the Right Surveillance System for Your School Bus Operation

  Which factors should pupil transportation providers consider when spec’ing a new surveillance system? Clint Bryer: The number one factor transportation providers should consider when spec’ing a new surveillance system is reliability. None of the other factors matter if the system is not reliable. Second to that should be to focus on areas of coverage […]

New York School Districts Optimize Routing During Pandemic

School officials in New York are singing the praises of new routing technology powered by Artificial Intelligence Optimization (AIO). Transfinder, since 1988 a developer in routing, scheduling, and fleet maintenance solutions, released the first major overhaul of its flagship routing software in Spring. Transfinder President and CEO Antonio Civitella said that Routefinder PLUS – Transfinder’s […]