Trapeze Software, of Beachwood, Ohio, has released a scaled-down version of MapNet, its popular bus routing and reporting software. At $7,500, MapNet Lite is more affordable than the original version of the software, making it ideal for smaller school districts. This easy-to-use application manages student transportation information, automatically creating safe stops and routes and allowing users to work with custom maps.
“There is a real need for low-cost applications among small student transportation organizations,” said Steven McKinley, Trapeze’s operations manager. MapNet Lite is designed to improve productivity in transportation departments by dramatically reducing route planning times, optimizing the number of buses in operation, efficiently deploying drivers, and providing staff with quick access to information, he said. The program runs on Windows NT, 2000, and XP platforms.