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NAPT, Zonar Award Grant Designed to Improve Bus Safety, Efficiency PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michelle Fisher   
Monday, 05 November 2012 00:00

The National Association for Pupil Transportation and Zonar Systems Inc. awarded a $50,000 hardware technology grant to Transportation Joint Agreement (TJA), which provides school bus service to Crystal Lake School Districts 47 and 155 in Illinois.

Every year Zonar and NAPT sponsor this grant to enable school districts to equip their operations with the latest Zonar fleet management hardware. The $50,000 grant will outfit school buses with a combination of Zonar’s patented Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report (EVIR), V3 telematics platform and ZPass.

Penny Fleming with TJA in Crystal Lake, Ill., plans to reduce fuel costs with new technology from Zonar.
“One of the goals of TJA is to decrease the cost of fuel. We plan to accomplish this by monitoring idle times and finding ways to make routes more efficient with Zonar’s solutions,” said Penny Fleming, TJA’s assistant director of transportation. “Zonar will also enable us to track driver speed, heavy braking, fast takeoffs and route deviations.”

Currently, when management receives a complaint about a driver, she explained, they follow up with a consultation, observation, the use of a radar gun and other time-consuming measures. With Zonar, she said management will be able to take immediate action rather than waiting for a potentially dangerous incident. In addition, TJA will use Zonar’s ZPass to track students as they enter and exit the bus.

“The ease in answering concerned parents as to the whereabouts of their children with just the click of a button is truly comforting,” said Fleming.

While ZPass increases accountability, she noted that EVIR would increase the safety of each bus. It will replace the paper-based pre- and post-trip vehicle inspection process with an electronic-based process using RFID tags and portable handheld devices.

“We are very proud to once again work with NAPT in sponsoring this grant and to provide TJA with the tools and information they need to save real dollars and ensure the health of safety of their buses,” said Chris Oliver, Zonar’s VP of sales and marketing.

TJA received the award Oct. 24 at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn. Zonar once again donated several scholarships to cover the cost of conference attendance. This year’s scholarship winners were: Angela Barbato, The School District of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Kim Garvey, Franklin Township Community School Corporation, Indianapolis; Shari Gillman, Alpine School District, American Fork, Utah; Bryan Johnson, Howard County Public School System, Ellicott City, Md.; Sherry Murphy, York County School Division, Yorktown, Va.; Christina Simpson, Fairfax County Public Schools, Lorton, Va.; and James and Cathy Snow, Elk Grove School District, Elk Grove, Calif.

“I am pleased to be working for a company that understands the importance of professional organizations and the work they do,” said Don Carnahan, Zonar’s VP of business development for pupil transportation and current president-elect of the NAPT Board of Directors.

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