The Transportation Department implemented a new routing software known as Bus Planner for the 2017-18 School Year. The system significantly enhances safety parameters to ensure district school buses are routed in a manner which prioritizes student safety above all else.
Also new this school year, the department added a supplemental student light system to 10 buses as a state approved pilot of the technology. The pilot adds high intensity red LED lights just above the front and rear bumpers of the bus at a level approximate to a motorist’s eyes. Initial results indicate that motorists detect the buses sooner and accordingly decelerate vehicles quicker when approaching a bus loading or unloading students.
Furthering technology advancements and in synchronization with Bus Planner, the department is in the final stages of implementing a school bus GPS system on all district school buses following an 18-month pilot of technologies. Most importantly, the school bus GPS system will pin point school bus locations with three feet (latitude/longitude) and ten seconds. Given this capability, the department will significantly improve response times to buses with emergencies on route while precisely projecting school bus arrival times at stops and schools.