MCS Transportation Wins Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award
The Board of Education is proud to announce that Marietta City Schools has been selected as a 2019 Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award winner. The award is for the district’s focus on student safety through the implementation of “Marietta Ride 360,” a mobile application from Traversa which gives MCS families the ability to access bus routes, stops, pick-ups and drop-offs in real time using GPS technology.
Marietta City Schools was the second school district in Georgia to offer this transportation service after months of research and development by transportation and operations employees. Launched in November of 2018, the application has enrolled 1,227 users in only four months. The MCS Department of Transportation will attend the Tyler Connect 2019 conference in April to receive the award.
Tyler Public Sector Excellence Awards recognizes public organizations for their significant commitment to public service and striving for greater efficiency and effectiveness in serving their community.
“We have a responsibility to over-communicate with our MCS families when their child is on a school bus,” said Superintendent Grant Rivera. “Marietta Ride 360 is a smartphone app, much like Uber, that will detail both the location of a bus and the exact arrival time. No more guessing and no more waiting.”
“MCS is the second school district in Georgia to offer this service from Traversa, one of the nation’s leaders in routing software,” said Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Erick Hofstetter. “Our transportation team has worked tirelessly over the last year to bring this GPS technology to Marietta City Schools. Our goal has always been to make the life of an MCS family just a bit easier – we are excited about doing just that with this new app.”
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