Transportation Coordinators are always asked to find answers to the following questions:
Easily create and modify your school bus routes, stops and set of buses in a variety of combinations using a graphic map of your school district. Our routing software also comes with fleet and route optimization tools that automatically generates optimal routes and assigns students to transfer buses. Routes may be displayed using different colors to keep paths and stops highly organized.
Special Education Routing
BusBoss has the ability to graphically display bus stops and house locations of students with special needs. Routing functions are the same for special education routes as for regular routes.
Split Custody, Transfers, Mid-Day Shuttles and Alternate Routing
Don't limit yourself to only being able to manage your to and from home routes. BusBoss allows you to assign unlimited routes for split custody students, students attending half day tech schools, students riding multiple buses to get to their final destination and any type of alternate routes for special circumstances such as early dismissals and total school evacuations without affecting their regular routes.
Monitor and manage student incidents to record the date, person reporting, description of the incident and action taken. Incident reports can be printed by student or by driver.
Students And Drivers
Assign students to bus stops either automatically or manually, while storing an unlimited number of student addresses. This function also allows you to track student incidents, graphically display bus stops and house locations of students with special needs and track driver information and receive alerts when re-certifications are due.
Add a new development or road in a matter of seconds with map editing tools and a satellite view displayed under your detailed map, which comes pre-loaded with street names, parks and railroads. Since all of your map data is stored in the same database for students, schools, routes and more, you may share live updated map data across your network with no additional steps.
Maps can also be modified to account for travel restrictions that no other program out there accommodates. Turn restrictions based on the size of the bus, road blocks, right sided pickups and height and weight vehicle size limits are all taken into account when determining how to get from stop to stop. Travel speeds based on the time of day can also be set for one or multiple roads to ensure route stop times are based on actual bus travel speeds not just the posted speed limits.
Locate student addresses and stops on your map automatically using reverse geocoding or exact latitude/longitude coordinates or manually locate addresses or bus stops on the map with a single mouse click. Since BusBoss functions the same whether school districts locate student addresses or not, you don’t have to locate student addresses in order to obtain full routing functionality.
Sex Offenders And Threat Zones
Visually identify the location of sex offenders and threat zones located within your school district to ensure bus stops are kept at a safe distance and students are kept safe. Daily updates for sex offenders may be downloaded automatically from the Family Watchdog website (annual fees apply).
Create unlimited sets of school boundaries for redistricting scenarios due to a school closing, new school opening or as a way to balance bus loads at existing schools. Aid the political process by creating small neighborhood zones and generate student count reports to assist the school board in their decision-making process.
State Transportation Funding Reports
The BusBoss transportation management system delivers accurate state reporting to ensure maximum state funding reimbursements. Monthly, quarterly and annual state reports may be generated from within BusBoss to eliminate the need for manual reporting. PDE-1049 and DRTRS electronic submissions are also available.
SQL Server Database
BusBoss uses Microsoft SQL Server Express 2005 or higher, and the database may be located on Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 or 2008 R2. The BusBoss program may be used on a single monitor or on a network, and multiple users may simultaneously view, modify, retrieve and print information. Open records are automatically locked to prevent overwriting someone else's changes.
If this system is only going to be used for BusBoss, there’s no need to purchase a server machine for your server (a high-end workstation machine is sufficient). If there are going to be more than five concurrent users, we highly recommend purchasing a high-end server machine to store the data. For detailed system requirements, visit our System Requirements page.
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