The Birnie Bus company is expressing enthusiasm about a free new bus tracking mobile application for Rome schools for the 2019-20 school year that includes the first day of classes on Sept. 5.
The Birnie company, which transports the majority of Rome school district students who are bused, is introducing the Here Comes The Bus app for Rome in conjunction with the Synovia and CalAmp technology companies.
The app will serve schools with about 75 buses transporting about 5,500 students daily, according to an announcement.
“Birnie Bus has a long-standing partnership with the Rome City School District and we’re extremely excited for a September launch of the Here Comes The Bus parent app,” said Brian Warn, operations manager for the Birnie Bus Rome division. “The mobile technology will provide parents and students with the most updated information they’ll need on route times as well as a real-time look at when their bus will be arriving at their scheduled stop. Ultimately the technology will help us to provide the next level of service excellence to the community.”
Rome schools are among the latest nationwide to adopt Here Comes The Bus and the associated fleet intelligence technology that will deliver real-time tracking of school bus locations as well as e-mail and push notification alerts to ensure students and parents arrive at the school bus stop on time, the announcement said.
Launched in 2015 by Indiana-based Synovia, the mobile app overall has more than a million downloads and about 350,000 daily users across North America, according to the announcement.
“Our app has become the go-to tool for parents, students and school administrators nationwide thanks to its intuitive interface and straightforward approach to connecting buses with parents and student riders,” said Synovia Senior Vice President Jon King.
“We’re thrilled to have earned the trust of Birnie Bus and Rome schools and are excited to leverage our suite of services to help provide improved services to families.”
The Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded at the Apple App store or Google Play, the announcement noted.
The Rome school district earlier this week also offered details about the Here Comes the Bus app, which will be used on buses owned by the district that transport a portion of Rome students in addition to Birnie buses that transport the majority of them.
Information about bus schedules for the Rome school district for the new 2019-20 year is on pages 14, 15 and 16 of today’s Daily Sentinel, along with information on how to sign up for the free Home Comes the Bus app.