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Technology Revving Up School Bus Efficiency And Safety

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Buncombe County is one of 13 school districts using school bus tracking devices to improve efficiency and safety. Buncombe County is one of 13 school districts using school bus tracking devices to improve efficiency and safety.
BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -

Anything is possible on a school bus, including delays, engine problems and even accidents.

But with new technology, some of those issues can be prevented.

Buncombe County Schools recently installed tracking devices in each of its 262 buses.

"It gives our schools a sense of comfort as well as our parents," said BCS Transportation Director Joseph Hough.

The program officially rolled out last month.

On a computer, Hough can monitor the location of every bus in the fleet from inside his office.

A few clicks allows him to see if the driver is following the rules, like what speed they are going or if they stopped at a railroad crossing, opened the door and used their hazard lights properly.

Hough says that help him hold drivers accountable.

"Its something that is going to work out great for me," says bus driver Matthew Price. "My focus is trying to keep the children safe."

Buncombe County is one of 13 school district in North Carolina using this system.

Parents can't access the information, but they can get accurate updates from their child's school.

The new technology is not fee. Buncombe County Schools is paying around $36 per month/per bus.

Hough says the district will pay a little more than $10,000 a month total. However, he believes at the end of the year, the district may break even or better, save money.

As part of the system, Hough says they can monitor idling and route inefficiencies to hopefully reduce fuel expenses.

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