Magazine article District Administration

How Does This Long Island School District Save $25K per Month? Transfinder Provides Expertise in Transportation Routing, Scheduling and Communications to School Transportation Departments through Efficient and Cost-Effective Software Solutions

Magazine article District Administration

How Does This Long Island School District Save $25K per Month? Transfinder Provides Expertise in Transportation Routing, Scheduling and Communications to School Transportation Departments through Efficient and Cost-Effective Software Solutions

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Bay Shore Union Free School District, located on the south shore of Long Island and about 50 miles east of New York City, is a small, diverse district of approximately 6,500 students and 8.9 square miles to cover with school transportation.

Rich Gallagher, director of transportation and purchasing agent for Bay Shore, previously used Transfinder in another school district. In 2001, Gallagher began at Bay Shore, and starting with Routefinder Pro and moving into a comprehensive suite of software solutions in use today, Gallagher leverages Transfinder's expertise in transportation routing, scheduling and communications.

Transfinder helps school districts deploy safe, efficient and cost-effective student transportation through comprehensive knowledge of logistics and planning in addition to substantial cost savings through innovative route planning, personnel and maintenance solutions. Gallagher says Transfinder's superior customer service is also a differentiating factor.

"The fact is you can always get somebody on the phone, or you can connect online with customer service to fix any problems," Gallagher says. "Transfinder also updates reports as needed and comes up with new reports when they are requested. The customer service support is a huge part of it for me."

Bottom-line benefits

Gallagher says that Routefinder Pro shows how the routes fit together so that the district, which contracts its buses, uses the optimal number of buses.

"The route scheduler does that automatically for you," Gallagher says. …

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