Ohio district's buses get equipped with video, GPS

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

School doesn't start in Rocky River until Tuesday, but summer has been a busy time for the folks responsible for transporting about 1,700 of the district's 2,600 students.

That's when Erin Peacock, the district's new transportation director, and her staff map out the most efficient and safest way to get those bused students to schools. Part of that process is high-tech, using software that helps design bus routes based on where kids are to be picked up or dropped off.

In the old days, Peacock said, transportation departments pushed pins representing each child into a giant map and then ran string through the resulting maze to develop routes. But even the computer software only provides a template, she said.

"Everything looks fantastic on the computer, but then we send the drivers out to test the routes and we tweak them."

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