School bus services are constantly evolving throughout the history of schools all around the world. Safety, personal attention to families, and punctuality, have been the pillars that have always remained present at CASVI throughout the years. And in all stories there is a before, a during and an after. That is why today that is we want to share with the hundreds of children and families who, since 1985, have trusted this service on a daily basis, which we carry out in collaboration with the Madrid-based company “Puesta del Sol”.
It was in 1985 when the bus service began in Casvi; the first school year in its history. Villaviciosa de Odón, Móstoles, Alcorcón, Leganés, Fuenlabrada and even Madrid were its first destinations.
Year after year, not only the number of buses has increased, but also the number of routes. Arroyomolinos, Parque Coimbra, Navalcarnero, Sevilla la Nueva, Chapineria, Brunete, Griñón … they were added over the years, faithfully fulfilling the commitment of safety and punctuality with the families who hired them.
But these have not been the only changes that the CASVI bus service undergone. His philosophy has also changed. “Before, you reached strategic pick up points. Now, we could almost say that we take them to the doors of their homes”, says Juan Llorente,who is responsible for this service. Additionally, every time we reach more remote places in a faster way. “The new vehicles we recently acquired allows us to do so.” And of course, “we always do it by adapting to the needs of our families, taking into account changes of address, which lead us, even in the middle of the school year, to have to modify the routes”.
An evolution that is also reflected in the fact that the students who use the route service are getting younger and younger. “We have them even for two year olds, which shows the confidence and security of the service”, continues Juan Llorente.
All vehicles are equipped with all road safety measures, as well as updated hygienic standards, in order to avoid any type of contagion due to Covid-19. “Something that, in fact, has been a important part of the school year,” he concludes. For maximum safety, each of these vehicles has a disinfection kit that is used at the beginning and end of each of routes. At the same time, we also take everyone’s temperature and wash hands with hydroalcoholic gel before getting on the bus.
The mobility of the future
We know that today’s society is well aware of the need to limit pollution and the use of private vehicles around the world, and especially in large cities, where air pollution levels are exceeding the permitted limits.
Additional plans will be to create more intelligent transport systems that would include traffic management systems and intelligent mobility solutions to monitor traffic, optimize signaling and regulate the flow of vehicles.
Another characteristic of the buses of the future is that they will not need a driver; they will be self driving vehicles. Something that has already been seen in some countries. The implementation of these means of transport is expected to take place between 2025 and 2030. Automated vehicles will start to circulate much earlier, which, like self driving vehicles, do not require a driver, but do require a specific infrastructure.
In China, they have gone one step further and work has begun on a hybrid between the bus and the tram that promises to have more than a thousand seats and to pass over cars. This vehicle, which would avoid traffic jams, would slide along fixed rails attached to the road, on which it could travel at about 60 km / h.
Welcome to the future!