Here Comes the Bus Debuts Less-Costly Version for Small School Districts

Row of buses filed out to pick up kids.

LAS VEGAS — The free mobile app that has revolutionized the daily school bus commute for more than a million users nationwide will be expanding to serve more communities in 2019, thanks to a streamlined version that makes the software more affordable.

The “Here Comes the Bus” Lite version will be available later this year. It is designed to serve smaller school districts that normally don’t invest in smart school bus fleet technology.

“We’re excited to be able to innovate and deliver a school bus tracking app [that is] ideal for smaller school districts in rural or underserved areas,” said Jon King, CEO of Synovia Solutions. “This new version of our signature app will be a terrific opportunity for districts to invest in smarter fleet tracking technology that provides an improved school bus rider experience for their communities.”

The app has earned 4.6 stars on the app store, with more than 30,000 reviews.

“We are here in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show,” King said. “We want the nation to know that students and parents can lobby their school districts to make the modest investments in the affordable technology that powers Here Comes the Bus and significantly improve the school bus experience.”

Launched in 2014 by Synovia, it provides real-time tracking info, as well as emails and push notifications, to connect parents and students with their bus.

King explained the app is “a powerful yet simple way to de-stress hectic mornings, as bus riders no longer worry about the exact arrival time of their bus.”

School districts pay no up-front costs to integrate Synovia’s smart fleet technology. Synovia offers a subscription model in which districts pay a monthly service fee per bus per month.

About Synovia Solutions, LLC.

Based in Indianapolis, Synovia Solutions, LLC. provides GPS-driven smart fleet technology applications to increase savings, enhance safety and improve service. The powerful web-based solution is provided on a software as a service (SaaS) platform. With a nationwide customer base in K-12 transportation and municipal fleet management services, Synovia provides digital services that deliver essential, real-time data for smarter fleet management.