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How to Responsibly Manage and Dispatch a Bus Fleet

You're the Fleet Manager. Maybe you're a Dispatcher. Perhaps you're both and responsible for managing and dispatching an entire bus fleet. 

Big or small, that’s a demanding task.

The phone is ringing. There's a knock at your door. You want to respond to everyone and be there for your team — we get it!

Because you care.

You're caught between ensuring your customers are getting the best service possible and making sure your drivers are in the know.

Between passing out charter sheets, sending emails, and doing most (or all) of the planning and scheduling of vehicles and drivers, how are you staying on top of your responsibilities? 

What if there's a way to monitor all of the activity happening around your fleet? There is.

Status of your vehicles? Check. Status of your drivers? Check. Automated record-keeping? You got it.

You can ensure your team is aware and active in keeping your fleet in peak operating conditions. 

Your job is stressful enough with the day to day responsibilities. We know, because we’ve worked alongside folks just like you to make sure we’re meeting and exceeding your needs. 

Think of the Feed like it’s your fleet’s crystal ball. 

 
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Don’t get lost clicking through tab after tab trying to find what you want to know. 

Need a report on an ongoing trip? Open the Feed. Want to check on the status of a bus while in the shop? Check the Feed. 

It’s all there and updated to the second. That’s the power of cloud computing technology. 

That’s the engine under the hood of FleetRevolution

Have the freedom to interact with your operation while mobile, keeping a watchful eye on the progress and activity of your bus fleet.

It's time to experience a new type of freedom and control while on the job.

Try FleetRevolution for free for 30 days.

 

Transportation Mobility and The Future of Mobile Devices

What's wrong with using your iPhone or iPad to enhance your fleet management experience?

Nothing. 

Of course, a lot of folks don't like what they don't understand.

But that isn't you.

You're thinking of ways to save time while increasing the bottom line.

Safety, mobility, preventative maintenance. These are things we know you want to improve because they directly improve cost-savings and grow your revenue.

Modern technology is underused in many industries, especially the transportation industry. A few big players have kept a monopoly on what good service can be provided to the hardworking men and women in the industry. 

For a long time, they were able to keep out the smaller players who charged a lot less for superior service. 

Not anymore. 

No hardware, no installation, no outdated technology. The industry is finally turning the page. 

Take Service Vehicle Fleets for example. They're seeing extraordinary results by using Fleetio, a fleet management service that keeps large fleets well-maintained and accounted for like ServPro and Stanley Steemer!

Bus fleets are ready to take the next leap.

Mobile software is revolutionizing industry in the same way laptops improved efficiency, mobility, and cut costs by no longer having to buy expensive, immovable desktop units. 

We've perfected the magic behind the scenes to let you do your jobs.

For lower costs. Bottom line. 

We're so confident you'll see savings across the board while using our service that we don't ask you to join a contract. 

Any tool that provides value should be an investment. And an investment should pay dividends.

FleetRevolution is an investment in the future of your bus company. 

An investment in the quality and upkeep of your assets. An investment in the safe and collaborative work environment you provide for your drivers. 

Download FleetRevolution today and let's start winning together. 

What Types of Fleets Should Use FleetRevolution?

FleetRevolution is leading the way toward more efficient and modern bus fleets by using the latest technology. 

FleetRevolution serves many different types of bus and coach fleets. With the power to transform your fleet into a lean and efficient operation, it easily serves all passenger vehicle-based services like limousines too.

Let's take a look at what types of fleets are getting the most out of FleetRevolution's Operator and DVIR mobile apps. 

 
Photo Credit:  Denisse Leon

Photo Credit:  Denisse Leon

 

1. School Bus Fleets

Specially built and equipped buses for the transport of school children. Often painted "school bus yellow," these fleets are charged with running daily routes to serve school districts in educating our youth.

School bus fleets using FleetRevolution can expect to see huge time savings in routing, scheduling, inspecting, and maintaining their operation. This ensures that the bus is running on time and safely transporting our kids to and from school every day. 

 
Photo Credit:  Mike Kotsch

Photo Credit:  Mike Kotsch

 

2. Charter Bus Fleets

Used typically for medium distance routes. These fleets are designed to take passengers on planned trips, whether for sightseeing or to take them to and from events. Other types of charter bus fleets perform such services as airport shuttling and scheduled service in areas with little to no public transportation options. 

3. Coach Bus Fleets

These are top-of-the-line transportation machines built for comfortably carrying from just a few to many passengers wherever they want to go, in spectacular style. 

Coach Bus Fleets using FleetRevolution can expect to see increased productivity and savings in the booking, scheduling, and trip planning aspects of moving their clients. They can also expect to see automated inspection reporting processes and exceptional logs. 

 
Photo Credit:  Francesco Patrinos

Photo Credit:  Francesco Patrinos

 

4. Shuttle Bus Fleets

Shuttle Buses are charged with safely transporting passengers from places like hotels, conference centers, and more to the airport or other terminals to efficiently move people without congestion and at a low cost. 

Sometimes, these can either be Mini-Buses or Transit Buses used for short exchanges. 

 
Photo Credit:  James Davis

Photo Credit:  James Davis

 

5. Tour Bus Fleets

Tour Bus Fleets are essentially Coach Buses outfitted for the purpose of being chartered by various groups, organizations, church congregations, higher learning institutions, and corporations who want to visit amazing attractions. 

Sightseeing and adventuring can be done painlessly and with air conditioning aboard high-quality Tour Buses. 

 
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6. Transit Bus Fleets

Used primarily for public transport and moving large groups of passengers efficiently along a specified route with scheduled stops. These fleets are vital to the transport of many city dwellers, people that would prefer to save money on gas, and those that can't afford to commute themselves. 

FleetRevolution assists transit fleets by ensuring they're on time and running smoothly because of preventative maintenance. 

 
Photo Credit:  Scott Webb

Photo Credit:  Scott Webb

 

7. Electric Bus Fleets

Hailed for their zero-emission capabilities and decreased maintenance costs, Electric Bus Fleets (sometimes called EV Buses) are proving economically beneficial and increasingly cost-effective. Charge lengths are going up and the technology is making leaps and bounds at an incredible rate. Expect Electric Buses to start popping up more and more over the next several years.

8. Driverless Bus Fleets

Sometimes called Autonomous Vehicles, these buses are being tested by a few companies hoping to automate the public transit system mainly. Still several years from being implemented and even longer before they become feasible in investment cost, driverless buses are an interesting possibility for the future. 

FleetRevolution is focused on maximizing its use and service for human-driven fleets by providing the most advanced mobile platform to complete the associated day-to-day tasks. We'll always be a step ahead in providing scheduling, planning, and logging software so we'll be here working with you every step of the way. 

 
Photo Credit:  Alexandre Crousette

Photo Credit:  Alexandre Crousette

 

9. Mixed Bus Fleets

More common than many realize, mixed-vehicle fleets are able to serve almost every large and small passenger request. A lot of bus companies maintain combinations like a few coach buses, several school buses, some shuttle buses, and even a tour bus! 

By diversifying their assets, these companies provide flexible services to their customers at competitive rates. They also allow their drivers to enjoy different types of trips, from route-based trips to long-distance Over the Road excursions. 

FleetRevolution is leading the way in providing administrative and field service for mixed bus fleets as we've prepared for nearly everything. 

Settings are customized to your exact vehicle specifications from the moment you enter the VIN number.

We've made it easy to distinguish between and provide specialized maintenance for school buses and coach buses alike. 

Bottom line:  if you drive a bus fleet, FleetRevolution will enhance your business. 

Get a free trial with no strings attached. See for yourself the efficiencies and cost-savings that we guarantee. 

Job Prospects for Bus Drivers Using FleetRevolution

Driving a bus can be a freeing career that's expected to grow by big margins in the next decade (1). Why?

For one, bus routes are being optimized by better mapping, understanding of road conditions, and innovations in traffic control. Don't worry if your school district or region hasn't started adopting the latest technology, it's government that we're dealing with after all.

But innovation is coming. 

Second. Better high passenger vehicles are raising standards in quality, durability, and maintenance. The manufacturing of buses is a highly competitive industry. Each model is steadily improving with each release. Electric vehicles are being implemented by some fleets and automated vehicles are being talked about and tested but still several years off. 

Bottom line:  it's not yet time to be thinking about these markets. It's important to plan for the future while getting the most out of your current investments today.

Which leads to the last point:  advances in available technology to revolutionize the experience of being a bus driver. 

Paper logs? No more. Expensive devices? You really don't need them.

Nothing should complicate a straightforward task that ensures a well-maintained fleet with exceptional logs.

Anything that helps drivers in performing their daily inspections should be extremely cost-effective with a high return on investment. 

FleetRevolution: DVIR performs these tasks with ease.

It's a rigorously tested mobile software built alongside a bus company just like yours. Experience gave them the ideas that we deliver through peerless design in the form of a straightforward mobile app. 

Folks sitting around a boardroom not performing the everyday duties of operating a bus fleet shouldn't be writing the law on what software can be passed off as helpful solutions that really lack vision. 

WE believe it should be a tried and true process invested in the latest technology. A combination of experience in practice and innovation in execution. 

Try it on your iPhone or iPad for free. 30 days. No contract.

After that. If you like it and think it saves you time and money and makes your job easier, we ask 10 dollars a month, per bus. That's it.

You supply the device, we supply the service on as many devices for as many users as you like.

In today's market, top companies are talking about ways to streamline their business while building a powerful team to represent the brand. 

FleetRevolution makes that happen. You can organize the devices however you like and create special accounts for each member of your team.

Our suggestion? Make sure to give one to your mechanics so they can resolve issues the moment they arise with a notification.

FleetRevolution helps keep clean service logs and lets you and your team comment and make notes on everything. It's instant messaging built for managing a bus fleet. 

The future of bus driving includes the most advanced Calendar system on the App Store.  You've got your schedule in your hand so you can always be in the know. 

Some drivers are saying the Activity Feed scrolls smoother than Facebook. Except we don't track you at all. 

We do help you keep track of your bus fleet and simplify your daily tasks. 

Logging and planning have never been easier and we're just getting started. Let's make the bus industry stronger. 

Empowered drivers make for safe and efficient fleets. Happy and engaged drivers drive your revenue. FleetRevolution saves you time, increasing productivity and growing your revenue. 

Let your drivers enjoy their time on the open road not having to worry about filling out and submitting paperwork. That's a thing of the past. You don't have to file it either, we automate that process for you.

Whether it be to the next sightseeing destination, school bus route, or accelerating your profits, FleetRevolution is built to get you where you want to go.  

With your know-how, we provide the tools to get you there. 

Let's get moving

 
 
 
 
5 Ways FleetRevolution Transforms Your Bus Fleet
  1. Planning and Decision-making

  2. Transportation Execution

  3. Transportation Logging

  4. Cloud Storage

  5. Fleet Optimization

FleetRevolution: Bus Operator and the suite of FleetRevolution apps assist your fleet management in a multitude of ways.

In traditional computer software terms, some might refer to it as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) combined with a Transportation Management Software (TMS).

Here at FleetRevolution, we've combined the best and most essential features of these classic software tools and built them into a powerful, entirely mobile platform that performs instantly in the cloud. 

FleetRevolution enhances your operation by saving valuable time and money, lessening the workload for you and your employees by automating and simplifying tasks, and eliminating waste and paperwork that slows down your business. 

Reach out to us to learn more!