Revolutionary school bus management system to be launched in New York
The first integrated, automated school bus communication platform will have the ability to track, in real-time, a school bus’ whereabouts.
The New York City Department of Education has taken the next step in providing a revolutionary school bus management system for the largest school district in the US by partnering with on-demand transport provider Via.
This management system will be the first integrated, automated school bus routing, tracking, and communication platform in the world. Parents and students will have the ability to track, in real-time, their bus’ whereabouts and receive frequent and reliable communications in the event of service changes, improving safety and bringing important peace of mind to all users of the system.
The Department of Education will be able to achieve operational efficiencies and reduce transportation costs by utilising Via’s algorithms to optimise school bus routing.
“Through our partnership with Via, we’ll soon have a state-of-the-art app for families to track buses and get real-time automatic updates,” said Richard A Carranza, Schools Chancellor. “We are grateful for the City Council’s advocacy, leadership and partnership.
Safe and reliable transportation is critical for all families, and we’re committed to getting it right this year.”
As the largest school district in the nation, the NYC Department of Education transports approximately 150,000 students on 9,000 bus routes each and every day to get students safely to and from school across the City.
The new platform, named ‘Via for Schools’ is purpose-built to serve the city’s diverse student populations through one integrated school transportation system. The system will utilise a flexible algorithm, which allows for both stop-to-school and home-to-school pickups, accommodating students regardless of their learning style, mobility constraints, or place(s) of residence.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the New York City Department of Education to set a new standard of excellence in school transportation,” added Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via. “Via was founded in New York, where we are proud to operate the city’s most efficient on-demand shared ride service.”