Geographical Information System Rural Bus Routing Model for Rural Communities

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,709.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2001-33610-10475
Award Id:
52173
Agency Tracking Number:
2001-00316
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3420 S. 31st St., Lincoln, NE, 68502
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Carl Kinkade
(402) 420-6882
kinkadegis@alltel.net
Business Contact:
Carl Kinkade
Principle
(402) 420-6882
kinkadegis@alltel.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Rural school districts face major challenges each year creating and managing school bus routes and budgeting funds to pay for increasing transportation costs. Currently, many rural schools design their school bus routes by acquiring a school district map, placing a stickpin on the where each student lives, and then creating the bus routes with string connecting the stickpins. In the 1997/98 school year, Nebraska schools spent almost $60,000,000 on transportation costs alone. At the same time that transportation costs have risen, rural schools have consolidated to form larger districts in order to survive and still serve the public. Some of these large school districts require buses to travel hundreds of miles each school day. Phase I research would identify the transportation needs of rural schools and develop a bus routing model for the Geographical Information System (GIS) to meet those needs. This model would allow the schools to design the most efficient routes, thus reduce fuel consumption and emissions. In addition, the safety of the children will be increased because GIS will identify dangerous spots, like railroad crossings, turn-arounds, and hazards intersections. If transportation costs could be reduced, rural schools would save millions of dollars each year.

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