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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.

 

Should the Charter Bus Industry be On Demand?

Will the charter bus industry face the threat of Uber-level disruption?

The answer is likely not. Think of the types of customers who want that type of instant service. The truth is, there's not a lot of large groups with any idea where they want to go or the slightest idea of how to get there. 

That's where you come in by the way. Your customer experience team is pushing to provide the best travel experience possible. Your maintenance team is laboring to put the best looking and smoothest running fleet on the market.

Your drivers require the most efficient routing and measures to keep themselves and your customers safe.

Your owner/operator is forming the vision of the company's future while keeping a pulse on the activity and progress of the day-to-day business. 

And it's a competitive market. You demand to supply the best service while growing your bottom line. 

That's where we come in.

Streamline the flow of information. From planning the trips to maintaining the fleet, everything is connected and at your fingertips in a moment's notice. 

Teams can even be color coded into sales, route building, inspections, maintenance, and whatever organization your unique business requires.

Instant messaging is built in to enhance your company communication like never before. 

The "Add Trip" feature is what other, cheesier SaaS software marketers might call the Trip Generator 9000 (TG9) or something else corny and bloated. 

We think it's an integral feature built in to save you time, money, and paperwork. No fluff.

Adding a trip is like dropping a stone into a pond and seeing the effects ripple seamlessly and beautifully throughout the rest of the app.

Your logging. Your planning. Done for you by a dedicated mobile platform, all on your own device.

That's an impressively powerful computer in your pocket. 

Don't let the pessimists get you down. If a smartphone was really just for calling and messaging, we wouldn't have smartphones.

There'd be no reason for them. Why not demand the most out of your tech? 

Check out the way your information is being displayed on the Calendar, your window into the schedule of your company. Go ahead, see where you stand. Have all of your info, all in one place. 

You've never had a booking and scheduling system like this. It's planning for the mobile fleet. 

Bottom line:  the Uber app doesn't pose a threat to the Bus Industry.

But there's an app revolutionizing the Bus Industry from the ground up. 

Organized for greatest efficiency and coordination between separate roles and features, there's really not another mobile software like it. 

Supply your entire team with the tools they need to drive your business. 

Automate your sales process.

Verify your reports instantly. 

Engage your customers like never before.  

Try FleetRevolution today and see.

Free for 30 days. 

No contract after that.

We think you'll find the service valuable. 

Over time? An essential investment. 

 

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.