Updated: 04/04/2016 5:11 p.m.
 
The Indianapolis Public Schools Transportation Department is launching an important new service to families in an exciting pilot program! IPS is the latest school district to introduce Here Comes the Bus to families; this innovative system allows families to track their student’s bus in real time through a convenient app or website.
 
Here Comes the Bus connects families to instant bus route information; tablets operated by bus drivers allow parents and guardians to anticipate when the bus will arrive to pick up their student in the morning, confirm when the bus pulls into the school and expect when their student will return home in the afternoon. This personalized information helps families to time the morning routine and reduce time spent outside on dark mornings or in inclement weather.
 
“I am pleased that our district is offering a wonderful tool for families to stay connected with our transportation system,” said Lew Wallace School 107 Principal Jeremy Baugh. “Many families with young children, or those who cannot wait outside in the cold or weather will appreciate this app. Additionally, it will bring peace of mind to our parents to know where their child’s bus is in real time.” 
 
  
Earlier this year, IPS began the pilot program of Here Comes the Bus with four schools: Center for Inquiry School 2, Francis W. Parker School 56, Lew Wallace and Shortridge High School to ensure services are optimal prior to districtwide implementation. Today we are proud to announce that seven additional schools have been added to the line up, those include: SUPER School 19, Christian Park School 82, Center for Inquiry 84, Butler Lab School 60, Nicholson Performing Arts School 70, Sidener Academy for High Ability Students and Stephen Foster School 67.  Over 50 buses of the IPS fleet will be equipped with this specialized technology, transmitting information to families from these eleven schools.
 
Family members are provided a private ID that grants access to only their student’s information, keeping the process safe and secure. Bus information can be tracked free of charge through the website or via the Here Comes the Bus app; families can subscribe to a premium service to receive personalized push alerts on mobile phones for $18.50 a year or $3.50 per month.
 

As this informative service rolls out to additional schools, families will be contacted with information on accessing the tracking system for their student’s bus.