School bus services across the UK are a vital mode of transportation, connecting hundreds of thousands of students with their school or college on a daily basis. Schools and operators often face a common problem; the high cost of publicising their bus services in a useful and attractive format. But it is well known that passenger numbers will increase where bus services are well publicised.
Bespoke software solutions
Vectare can help. We have developed VecTive, a fully customisable online software solution for promoting and managing your school buses. Your version of the system is bespoke, created in accordance with your specific requirements, but the system as a whole is based on standard code. This allows us to offer extremely competitive prices on a per-route basis – with no set-up fees and just a small monthly fee, VecTive usually pays for itself from month 1 in extra revenue generated and administrative time savings.
Intuitive and easy to use
We start before the pupil has even decided to travel to school by bus – they might not even have chosen your school yet. Displaying route, timetable and fare information in an intuitive, tube-map style layout, we give pupils and parents all the information they need about your bus services. They can also search by postcode, and the system automatically identifies the best bus route and bus stop for them. This guides pupils towards your school, instantly telling them the where, when and what of school bus travel. Crucially, the search data is also recorded, so you can track areas where parents are looking to travel from. This helps you to understand your catchment area, whilst also identifying areas where additional bus stops or services might be required.
Secure data capture
Once a pupil has decided that they want to use one of your school buses, they can make a booking electronically. We capture journey data and personal details, securely storing this data in the cloud. This data can then be downloaded by your team via a secure portal in a variety of formats; we can create bus passes, passenger manifests and billing lists to name just a few examples.
The online booking system saves parents a significant amount of time, whilst also drastically reducing your administrative burden. Gone are the piles of paper forms to be typed into Excel, the lengthy mail-merges to create bus passes and the manual entry of fares to be charged. VecTive handles everything, and you only see the data when it is ready to be used; we do the rest.
We want to help you
Whether your school already has bus services, or you are looking to introduce them, if you are responsible for admissions, marketing, operations or transport, get in touch today. We want to know how we can help you – and we are committed to delivering the highest quality at great value prices. Give us a call on 0115 777 3035 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.