You can now receive updates on your child’s bus location through “Via for Schools.”
Bus drivers will now be working with the “Bus Driver App,” which provides real-time navigation and digitally records student ridership. Drivers’ routes should be optimized for daily traffic conditions. About two thirds of the 9,000 bus routes in the city serve special education students; these buses are equipped with GPS capabilities through Teletrac Navman, providing the Office of Pupil Transportation with live information on the locations of these buses. Parents can receive information for their child’s particular route by calling OPT. This change streamlines the previous process, where OPT had to contact the bus company through two-way radios to get information and relay it back to parents.
“Via for Schools” will build upon the past year of improvements the DOE has made to positively change the city’s school transportation system. Meghan Cirrito, District 30 parent and Gantry Parent Association President, expressed her feelings in a press release. “As New York City school parents, the addition of GPS to school buses adds not only peace of mind but accountability,” she said.
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