All public school buses will have GPS tracking from the first day of class.
The city partnered with Via to install the equipment and create a real-time tracking app for nearly 10,000 school buses.
Last year parents complained of a lack of GPS tracking when buses were hijacked or delayed, and there were horror stories of children stuck on buses for hours or dropped off at incorrect places.
“Through our partnership with Via, we will soon have a cutting-edge app that allows families to track buses and get automatic real-time updates,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “We are grateful for the council’s advocacy, leadership and partnership. Safe and reliable transportation is essential for all families, and we’re committed to getting it right this year.
Parents and students will be able to follow, in real time, the location of the buses and receive communications in the event of a change of service.
During the first weeks of school last year, tens of thousands of parents in Queens could not find their children or their school buses.
“I didn’t know where my child was and we have a dog. So we have this GPS tracker for our dog,” said one parent, Andy Chung, who put the GPS tracker in his child’s schoolbag. after the kindergarten school bus. kept dropping it off at the wrong stop.
In an Eyewitness News exclusive in September, we showed you bus drivers taking one-way streets the wrong way and dozens of kindergarteners walking 30 minutes to class.
In January, the New York City Council approved a measure to install GPS systems on city school buses.
The move came after a sudden snowstorm in November left buses stuck in traffic for hours and parents unable to reach their children.
The legislation was called STOP, which stands for Student Transportation Oversight Package. Along with installing two-way radios and GPS systems on school buses, the City will now be required to report bus times, delays and complaints.
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