Tool Plays Major Role in Cutting New York District’s Driver Shortage Impact in Half
Stephanie Holes puts it bluntly: “I wish we had this before.”
“This” is Routefinder PLUS. Since her district, Corning-Painted Post Area School District in New York, made the move from Routefinder Pro routing software to the award-winning Routefinder PLUS, there have been no glances in the rearview mirror.
“I just think it’s far more intuitive, it’s more user-friendly,” said Holes. “The right-click menu on pretty much anything, anywhere – it doesn’t matter if you’re in a map, a grid, anyplace in PLUS – right clicking a menu will take you somewhere. That’s by far the easiest thing that has come from PLUS.”
Speaking of anywhere, Larry Eccleston notes, “Because it is internet-based, I can access PLUS anywhere.”
Eccleston, Corning-Painted Post’s director of transportation, recalls sitting at the central office and the superintendent asking, “Can we do this?”
“Hold on, give me a couple minutes and I’ll see what I can figure out,” he said. “With the Pro product it would be like, ‘Hold on, let me get back to my office, get to the desktop’ and log in from there.”
Anecdotally, since the pandemic, many transportation leaders have expressed having greater access to district leaders and being included prior to decisions being made that could impact transportation. Now with a seat at the table with decision-makers, transportation leaders note that it is critical to have information at their fingertips. With Routefinder PLUS being browser-based, that information is quickly accessible from any mobile device.
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