School Bus Fleet

September 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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38 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 How to Cut Costs by Mastering Time and Space Part 2: Zero with an Asterisk I n 1982, I began providing paratransit ser- vice to physically and developmentally disabled adults in two large Los Angeles County service areas: the San Fernando Valley and the Antelope Valley. Because the same students attended the same schools every day, our system resembled special- education service almost identically, at least from a system design and spatial/temporal perspective. Because of my unique approach to ef- fciency, we quickly began serving every program in our two service areas with a single exception: the second-largest pro- gram located in the very center of our prin- cipal service area. Of the 950 students transported overall in the San Fernando Valley, we took roughly 84% of them — mostly to non-centrally lo- cated programs, including many in the dis- tant outskirts — while another service pro- vider transported the fnal 150 to the school/ workshop in the service area's epicenter. This arrangement not only compromised our effciency, but the effciency of our lead agency's entire system. So, almost Learn how a paratransit service absorbed 16% more passengers with no added cost. The example can be applied to pupil transportation: Optimizing the spatial and temporal relationships of one's service area can yield big cost savings. SECOND IN A SERIES OF OCCASIONAL ARTICLES BY NED EINSTEIN Photo by Scott Goble

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