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ban districts have it easier-it's harder for a
rural district."
Districts should always include civil
transportation leaders when planning any
new program that requires busing students.
Otherwise, leaders may win community
support without recognizing they also now
face an increased transportation bill, Lawrence says. "They may study the benefits of
the program, and say, 'Yeah, this is super,
it's phenomenal,'" he adds. "Then they ask
transportation, and we say, 'Yeah, we can
do that, but we'll probably need another
dozen busses,' and the district feels like it
wasted its time on the idea."
Route recalculations
Boston can also optimize routes by rerunning MIT's software if the student body or
traffic patterns change. Eger looks forward
to a time when the technology can adjust to
daily incidents, such as an accident slowing
traffic or a broken traffic light that might

"Our ultimate goal is adaptive
routing, where we could alter
the routes of nearby buses
to compensate and still get
everyone to school on time."
-Will Eger, Boston Public Schools

delay pickups and school arrivals. "Our ultimate goal is adaptive routing, where we
could alter the routes of nearby buses to
compensate and still get everyone to school
on time," he says.
In the future, GPS sensors on a bus
stuck in a traffic jam could alert headquarters. The bus would then be automatically
rerouted via text messages to the driver or
an interactive street map.
The result might be a more circuitous
route, but one that gets students to

school before the bell rings-because the
hardest part of the day is not a late start,
but the fourth-period algebra test. DA
Brian Nadel is a freelance writer in Pelham,
New York.
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