Geographical Information System Rural Bus Routing Model for Rural Communities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2001-33610-10475
Agency Tracking Number: 2001-00316
Amount: $69,709.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Kinkade GIS
3420 S. 31st St., Lincoln, NE, 68502
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carl Kinkade
 (402) 420-6882
 kinkadegis@alltel.net
Business Contact
 Carl Kinkade
Title: Principle
Phone: (402) 420-6882
Email: kinkadegis@alltel.net
Research Institution
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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