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ERIC Number: ED039641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 23
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A Quantitative Approach to the Design of School Bus Routes.
Tracz, George S.
A number of factors--including the reorganization of school administrative structures, the availability of new technology, increased competition among groups for limited resources, and changing patterns of communication--suggest an increased need for quantitative analysis in the school district decision-making process. One area of school decision-making that is highly adaptable to quantitative analysis is student transportation. The prevailing manual approach to bus scheduling and routing is time consuming and requires an excessive amount of administrative talent. A more satisfactory method for bus routing that provides optimum service and safety at minimum cost requires man-machine interaction. Under this method, a computer would perform rapidly all the complex mathematical calculations while allowing for administrator intervention when necessary. Additional benefits that would accrue from computer-designed bus routes include simulation capability for planning, and increased management control. For most school districts, quantitative analysis of operations will require basic changes in staffing and data collection procedures. Increased efficiency in subsequent years should more than offset the high initial costs. (JH)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2-6, 1970)