Transfinder will “make our routing more efficient”
Schenectady, NY & Syracuse, NY – June 16 2021 – Transfinder Corporation is pleased to announce the Syracuse City School District has selected Transfinder’s award-winning routing solution Routefinder PLUS to create the safest and most efficient routes for its students.
Jeremy Smith, Syracuse City School District’s transportation director, said Routefinder PLUS is more efficient, easy to use and will save his team time.
“A lot of things we do take three or four steps (with the previous product) that can be done with one step,” Smith said, such as creating curb-to-curb routes. “With PLUS you can do a mass creation of curb-to-curb stops for your students. It just saves days’ – or weeks’ – worth of work.”
There are 23,000 students in the district attending classes in 32 buildings as well as more than 20-plus private schools or charter schools. Typically, the district transports 16,000 students daily, but during the pandemic that number fell to 12,000.
Syracuse switched to Transfinder after using a previous company’s product for as long as anyone can remember, Smith said. The decision to move to Transfinder was the result of issues the district was having with the previous product.
The district also purchased Transfinder’s Stopfinder parent app and Viewfinder to keep its finger on the pulse of the transportation operation. Smith said Viewfinder will provide staff at the building level information they need so they can answer any questions they may receive from parents. With Stopfinder the district will replace its robocall system to inform parents of information, such as if a bus is running late.
“I like the idea of being able to send push notifications,” Smith said.
Smith said he is excited about the suite of Transfinder solutions and knows these tools will benefit his department as well as the community.
“It’s a lot of new software we can be using to make our routing more efficient, to make sure we meet the needs of the children,” Smith said. He noted Transfinder’s training was very helpful and having those sessions recorded for future review was also beneficial.
Transfinder President and CEO Antonio Civitella said Routefinder PLUS was designed with districts like Syracuse City Schools in mind, with its time-saving functionality.
“When we began working on our latest suite of solutions years ago it became more imperative that we save routers’ valuable time,” Civitella said. “I’m not surprised to hear districts abandoning older products that aren’t meeting their needs. Routefinder PLUS’ was built with input from transportation experts like Jeremy Smith. We are so happy to have the Syracuse City School District become part of the Transfinder family.”
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, Transfinder is a national leader in intelligent transportation systems, providing transportation management systems and services to municipalities, school districts and adult care facilities. Transfinder, an Inc. magazine “fastest-growing company” for 11 consecutive years, has offices in Austin, Texas, and Shanghai, China. The software company, named a Best Place to Work and Top Workplace, develops and supports routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics. For more information, visit www.transfinder.com.