Education
7:41 am
Mon August 20, 2012

GPS Could Make Transportation in JCPS More Efficient

Nearly 70,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are taking the bus Tuesday for the first day of school, adding over 900 buses to the roads.

District officials expect some bus delays in the first week while drivers and parents figure out where students need to go after school, but they hope the new GPS-enabled buses will make transportation in the district more efficient. 

“GPS is going to be used to monitor where buses are and to help locate a student, possibly, if there is some confusion about where the student is supposed to be. But our hope in the very near future is that we’ll be able to use GPS to help us with our routing," said JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey.

It hasn't always been easy. Two years ago the district couldn't get some students off the bus until after 9 pm on the first day of school.

Last year was much more successful, nearly 30,000 students were home in under half-an-hour and this year JCPS officials expect a similar result, although Jackey said it could take up to two weeks to get all routes on their regular schedule.

“Unfortunately that is what comes with having a school district that is as large as ours, that transports as many students as we transport. We’re transporting about 70 percent of our student population," he said.

To find the right bus for your child call 485-RIDE (7433) at the available times below.

Sunday, August 19, 4 to 7 p.m.

Monday, August 20, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, August 21, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 22, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.