School Bus Tracking Requested for Montgomery County

In the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) budget proposal, there is an allocation for school bus tracking mobile apps.

As previously reported, the MCPS budget proposal totals $2.8 billion, a 4.5% increase from the current years budget. The allocation for bus tracking apps is set for $750,000. The move to these apps was requested after complaints that buses were not arriving on time.

From Bethesda Magazine:

Several neighboring school districts, like Prince George’s and Fairfax counties, use mobile apps to track bus arrivals. Both school districts use an app called “Here Comes the Bus.”

“Here Comes the Bus combines GPS and bus routing data in an easy-to-use, customizable app that works on one or multiple devices including smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers,” a news release from Fairfax County Public Schools in August said. “The app provides timely school bus arrival information through a graphical interface as well as messaging to indicate the bus’s distance from your child’s bus stop for both morning and afternoon bus stops.”

County Executive Marc Elrich is expected to release recommendations on the county’s budget on March 16.

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