This is a compensated post on behalf of Here Comes The Bus.
The NYC City Council passed a law in January that requires school buses to be equipped with GPS for parents to be able to track their children’s progress, to and from school. The solution needs to be in place by the next school year, 2019-2020. Here Comes The Bus has that solution:
In NYC we read stories constantly about school bus delays. Parents have no idea when to get to the bus stop to pick up their children. Or even drop off, no one wants a child waiting for an hour in the cold or rain, for a school bus.
Knowledge is power. The power to keep your children warm and protected from the elements, and for parents to be able to better schedule their time. The population on New York City is well over eight million people, and a lot of those are students that rely on school buses to get to and from school in the five boroughs.
“It’s pretty straightforward. We can do it for Uber. We can do it on MTA buses. We can do it even on subways, and listen, if the MTA can get this right, it’s scary that the city hasn’t been able to get it right with our yellow buses,” said Ben Kallos, a Democratic City Council member.
Parents are thrilled with this new technology. I am friends with a cashier at my local supermarket, and her daughter is a special needs student who rides a school bus in the Bronx every day. When I shared this information with her, she told me she was excited because some days she would spend an extra hour waiting for her daughter’s school bus. Less wait time in bad weather equals less sick time for students and parents! Almost 100% of special needs kids take buses to school, and these are the most vulnerable children.
Over half of the city’s 10,000 buses are already equipped with GPS tracking, and the rest will follow as this is required by September, 2019. The first month of the school year is notorious for complaints about school bus lateness’s. Here Comes The Bus has the technology NY needs, and is ready to make sure all 10,000 NYC school buses are ready to comply with the new law when school starts in September:
Thanks to our intuitive app, seamless interface and outstanding customer service, we’re growing to connect and protect hundreds of thousands of families from Canada to California.
The Global Positioning System (GPS) on school buses are read by the Here Comes The Bus’s app which then translates that information into an easy to follow program, and customizable map, that works on either a computer, tablet or smartphone, which allows you to see where the bus is and how close it is to your home. Most of us already use a similar service when we order a car from Uber, Lyft, etc.
-You and your child will know exactly where the bus is.
-No more extra wait time in cold or inclement weather.
-With their new Student Ridership option, parents will know whether or not their child made it on the bus, and if they did, at what time.
-All this information can be accessed whether you’re at home or at work.
-Privacy: Here Comes the Bus encrypts every student’s data. Only an authorized user with the proper ID and password can access it. Parents can only access their children’s information.
Hear how well the Here Comes The Bus App works from folks who know it works: