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How does this Long Island
school district save $25K per month?
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ay Shore Union Free School District, located on the
south shore of Long Island and about 50 miles east
of New York City, is a small, diverse district of approximately 6,500 students and 8.9 square miles to cover with
school transportation.
Rich Gallagher, director of transportation and purchasing
agent for Bay Shore, previously used Transfinder in another
school district. In 2001, Gallagher began at Bay Shore, and
starting with Routefinder Pro and moving into a comprehensive suite of software solutions in use today, Gallagher
leverages Transfinder's expertise in transportation routing,
scheduling and communications.
Transfinder helps school districts deploy safe, efficient and
cost-effective student transportation through comprehensive
knowledge of logistics and planning in addition to substantial cost savings through innovative route planning, personnel and maintenance solutions. Gallagher says Transfinder's
superior customer service is also a differentiating factor.
"The fact is you can always get somebody on the phone,
or you can connect online with customer service to fix
any problems," Gallagher says. "Transfinder also updates
reports as needed and comes up with new reports when
they are requested. The customer service support is a huge
part of it for me."

"Transfinder is an economical
and efficient system that allows us
to plan our transportation so that we
use the minimum number of buses
and obtain the best results."

Bottom-line benefits
Gallagher says that Routefinder Pro shows how the routes fit
together so that the district, which contracts its buses, uses
student database and route information, and then trained
the optimal number of buses.
"The route scheduler does that automatically for you," Galla- staff on how to draw the boundaries for bus stops on the disgher says. "It lets you see where you might have an open spot trict map and add the students to the routes.
"Transfinder did hands-on training and offers continuing
to put a route. It's very beneficial, especially if you're more of a
visual person and want to see how the routes piece together." service if and when we run into a problem," Gallagher says.
Gallagher says the district contracts 37 large buses and 42 "We had practically no problems implementing it."
Gallagher says Bay Shore currently uses Transfinder's suite
vans but it only pays for the buses it uses on a daily basis.
"When you contract buses, you can go up and down as of applications to plan its five tiers of daily busing, which start
needed; Transfinder helps us put that together," says Gallagh- at 6:30 a.m. for high school students.
"My schools love Infofinder because they can see what
er, who says this saves the district $25,000 per month. "Transfinder is an economical and efficient system that allows us to routes new students are on," Gallagher says.
plan our transportation so that we use the minimum number
of buses and obtain the best results."
Seamless transition
Gallagher says when Transfinder was implemented at Bay
Shore it was a seamless transition. Transfinder imported the
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