Provider and developer of on-demand public transport Via has announced that it has been selected by the New York City Department of Education to provide a “revolutionary” school bus management system.
“Via for Schools” will be the first integrated, automated school bus routing, tracking, and communication platform in the world.
Parents and students will have the ability to track, in real-time, their bus’ whereabouts and receive frequent and reliable communications in the event of service changes, aiming to improve safety and bring important peace of mind to all users of the system. By utilising Via’s best-in-class algorithms to optimise school bus routing, the Department of Education will be able to achieve operational efficiencies and reduce transportation costs.
Daniel Ramot co-founder and CEO of Via? said, “Via was founded in New York, where we are proud to operate the city’s most efficient on-demand shared ride service. We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to further serve the New York community by applying our technology to operate a world-class school bus system.”
As the largest school district in the nation, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) transports approximately 150,000 students on 9,000 bus routes each and every day to get students safely to and from school across the City. Via for Schools is purpose built to serve the city’s diverse student populations, including General Education, Special Education, Students in Temporary Housing, and others through one integrated school transportation system. The system will utilise a flexible algorithm, which allows for both stop-to-school and home-to-school pickups, accommodating students regardless of their learning style, mobility constraints, or places of residence.
Via’s technology is already in use in more than 50 markets across the globe, by such leading public sector transportation providers as Los Angeles Metro, Transport for London, and Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG).