School bus quick clicks


Getting to school on the Gold Coast by bus starts with a couple of quick clicks – no excuses

School bus quick clicks
School bus quick clicks

September 17, 2012

Gold Coast route and school bus operator Surfside Buslines has gone live with its Google Maps-based online journey planner – My School Bus.

Similar to TransLink’s urban services journey planner, the user simply responds to basic prompts on screen, before a printable map of the route and timetable is displayed.

Students can click on the My School Bus icon at Surfside.com.au, select a geographical region, the name of their school, followed by their suburb or trip origin and they are ready to travel.

Transit Australia Group General Manager Megan Harkin says parents and students will now be able to find their school service by searching their suburb and school first, instead of needing to know the trip or run number, which many newcomers will not know and younger children might easily forget.

"This is great for kids who can simply print off and carry the information they need with them at all times," Harkin says.

"Sending children on a bus to school can be nerve racking for many parents. The assurance that their child is safe is paramount to the decision to use school transport in the first place."

Harkin believes the flexibility of being able to confidently adjust pick-up times and locations to meet after-school commitments, also helps to make school transport more attractive.

Surfside Buslines’ parent company Transit Australia Group delivers around nine million student trips across its Queensland and New South Wales networks.

"We take the responsibility of safely transporting children very seriously," Harkin says.

"We have built partnerships with school communities, police, local businesses and popular attractions, in order to create a circle of safety for our passengers, and in so doing, reduce risks and increase confidence."

This year, Surfside’s school transport celebrates its 21st anniversary of school service provision on the Gold and Tweed Coasts.

Harkin says as part of the celebrations TAG will mark the ‘coming of age’ milestone with service innovations for children and youth, such as the journey planner for schools, and other exciting support tools.

"Watch this space."

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