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D

ue to property tax reform in Indiana, the Metropolitan
School District of Wayne Township experienced a $14
million to $17 million shortfall and was facing tough
financial decisions surrounding its capital projects, debt
service and transportation expenditures.
To search for efficiencies in transportation, Superintendent
Jeff Butts engaged with Transfinder, specifically looking
to leverage their software solutions and 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.
Training and implementation
There are 18 schools and approximately 16,400 students in
Wayne Township, and most of those students travel daily on
district buses. Butts says Transfinder was able to illuminate a
path to switching the district's two-routes-per-driver system
to a three-tier system. That also prompted Wayne Township
to reevaluate its school starting and end times, eventually
shifting some high school students to a later start time.
Butts says that when it came time to select a logistics
software vendor to work with, Transfinder's customer service
and expert guidance set it apart from other vendors.
"We looked at several different vendors and talked to
other transportation professionals in the industry," says Butts.
"When we reached out to Transfinder, they connected us with
Dan Roberts, who is a former school transportation director.
He is on staff with Transfinder and has written and done
research on finding efficiencies in transportation."
Roberts worked directly with the district's transportation
team, Butts says, and Transfinder also sent other consultants
who "made sure our transition happened smoothly."
"Anytime you make a significant transition to a three-tier
busing system, change start and finish times, and change
routes for all those children who are riding, that's a lot of
moving parts," says Butts. "While our staff is phenomenal,
Transfinder had the expertise to come in and make sure that
we were making as few mistakes as we possibly could."

"Transfinder helps us provide safe
and efficient transportation for our
community and be better fiscal
stewards of the taxpayers' dollars."
Bottom-line benefits
Wayne Township has seen an annual savings of just under
$1 million by using Transfinder solutions. Buses are running
routes efficiently by eliminating redundant stops. Transfinder
helped the district reduce the number of drivers needed by
30, a key advantage at a time when there is a national driver
shortage. The overall number of both bus drivers needed
and buses in service have been reduced, creating significant
ongoing personnel and maintenance savings.
"Transfinder helps us provide safe and efficient
transportation for our community and be better fiscal
stewards of the taxpayers' dollars," says Butts.

For more information, visit www.transfinder.com/solutions
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