With innovative ‘Where’s My School Bus’ app, BPS parents can locate school bus in real time
BOSTON – While snowstorms, traffic jams and construction delays may never go away, Boston Public Schools parents can now use a free service to estimate when their child should head out the door for the bus stop and when he or she will arrive home after school.
After a successful pilot, today BPS is releasing its free “Where’s my School Bus” application to all families. Any parent can log in securely using their student ID number, last name and students’ date of birth to view a real-time GPS-enabled map displaying the current location of their school bus.
“While other cities may be able to track the locations of their school buses, no one else has made this information available to families in a user-friendly way,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “It’s great to see the Boston Public Schools leading the way to help connect parents with technology that will make their lives a little easier.”
Parents can access the service using any web-connected device, including smartphones, at http://schoolbus.bostonpublicschools.org.
“We have made many changes to improve the on-time performance of our school bus fleet,” said BPS interim Superintendent John McDonough. “This new service gives parents even more control over their schedule, especially during weather or traffic delays.”
The app was developed by the BPS Office of Instructional and Information Technology, the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and Vermonster.
“We are thrilled to welcome students back to school with this new technology in-hand,” said Boston School Committee Chair Michael O’Neill. “It’s free, easy to use and a great example of how Boston is a leader in innovation.”
A new transportation provider is working with the Boston Public Schools this fall. Veolia Transportation now operates the BPS fleet, which includes 732 school buses serving all BPS, private, charter and parochial schools in Boston – that’s more than 33,000 students driving a total of approximately 26,000 miles every day.
“We commend BPS for its innovative new app. We will support their efforts by providing safe, reliable, top quality service for students, schools and the community,” said Alex Roman, General Manager of Veolia’s contract with Boston Public Schools. “We have promised a new standard of service quality and we are committed to delivering it.”
Veolia has doubled the hours of safety training for school bus drivers and has increased the number of safety supervisors on the road.
About Veolia Transportation
Based in Lombard, IL, Veolia Transportation is the largest private-sector operator of multiple modes of transit in North America, including bus, school bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, and sedan and taxi services. Veolia Transportation is committed to setting the standard in safe and sustainable mobility solutions through partnerships with cities transit authorities, airports and universities.
Visit Veolia Websites at: www.veoliatransportation.com and www.veoliatransdev.com.