Development of a Statewide System for Routing and Scheduling School Buses

by Derek Graham, UNC Inst for Transportation Research, & Education, Research Triangle, Park, NC, USA,
Edwin Hauser, UNC Inst for Transportation Research, & Education, Research Triangle, Park, NC, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation II

Abstract: The State of North Carolina is in the first year of installing a Transportation Information Management System (TIMS). This paper describes the events over the past six years which have formed the foundation for such an undertaking. Research activities included the analysis of existing methodologies and the development and extensive pilot testing of two computer programs. Based on this experience, a comprehensive system design and software procurement took place, utilizing personnel from the North Carolina Department of Public Education (NCDPE), the University of North Carolina, private consulting firms and LEAs. Breaking away from the traditional dependence on the private sector, the technical and practical experience gained through these activities has uniquely qualified the state to manage its own system installation, including user training, computer map encoding and route optimization analysis.

Subject Headings: Education | Transportation management | Scheduling | Systems management | Information systems | Private sector | Information management | Computer analysis | Computer software | North Carolina

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