Original Date: 08/08/1994
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Automated Bus Routing
The Transportation Department of the Stafford County Public Schools has converted from the traditional manual bus routing process to an automated system. The manual method is highly complex, involving many hand calculations that must be repeated for each iteration when working toward the optimal routing solution.
Stafford County has selected ECOTRAN software that operates on a DOS-based computer linked to an IBM AS/400 that houses student data. The program performs routing optimization for the primary, middle, and secondary school levels. It also accommodates the unique transportation requirements of kindergarten and special education students.
The critical base element of the system is a digital map that contains a street map network, school locations, and student information. This information is used to develop the safest and most economical bus routes. These factors are then consolidated to ensure efficiency is maintained for the entire fleet. After routes are established, individualized post cards are issued to each student with pertinent instructions on when and where to meet his or her bus.
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Point of Contact for this survey.