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August 22, 2019 10:29 am

Via to Manage New York’s School Bus System

avatar by Hager Ravet / CTech

Empire State Building in New York skyline. Photo: wiki commons.

CTech – The New York City Department of Education has selected ridesharing company Via Transportation to manage its school bus system, the latter announced Wednesday. Via will provide the city with an automated school bus routing system that will allow schools, parents, and students to track buses in real time and receive updates on any changes to the service. Via’s system will allow buses to adjust their routes to make flexible pick-up and drop-off stops.

The largest school district in the US, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) transports around 150,000 students on 9,000 bus routes every day, according to the statement.

Founded in 2012, New York-headquartered Via operates transportation services in 50 locations in more than a dozen countries around the world, offering various modes of operation in different places.

Via, which raised $387 million to date, has public transport collaborations in Tel Aviv with public transportation company Dan Bus Company, in Berlin with Daimler AG’s van division Mercedes-Benz Vans, and in Arlington, Texas with the city’s public transportation system. Via is also planning to start offering its services in Jerusalem later this year.

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