Transportation Information Management System (TIMS)

The Transportation Information Management System (TIMS) is a collaboration among the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University.

About the program

The Transportation Information Management System (TIMS) is an ongoing statewide project that concentrates on maintaining and improving upon efficiency in school bus transportation at the district level. Each district operates standardized, comprehensive computer-assisted school bus routing and scheduling software. By maintaining student, transportation and street network data at the local level, district personnel have access to the most accurate and current data available. TIMS Support Staff at NCSU and UNC Charlotte provide daily software and technical support to individual TIMS data managers across the state.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction uses TIMS data in the transportation funding formula to calculate annual transportation allotments for each local education agency. The funding formula accounts for distinctions between densely populated urban areas and more rural or sparsely populated districts in an effort to equalize the allocation process. Standardized software and reporting features allow comparative analysis among districts statewide and provide methods to measure compliance with state laws, regulations and policies concerning school bus transportation. An effective use of TIMS ensures a school bus routing plan that focuses on efficiency while maintaining student safety.

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Articles about TIMS

School children get on the bus. Photo: Derek Graham

Whose N.C. school bus ride lasts longest? Hint: Look west

As most N.C. public school students head to school for 2015-16, some 13,000 school buses are readying to travel some 180 million miles across the state. How lengthy is the average ride in your school district? How long are the longest rides? The shortest? Our maps tell the story.
More than 13,000 public school buses will be on the road as school starts back this fall. Photo: NCDPI

As N.C. school buses roll, compare ride times, and more

It is no small task to get the school bus to your neighborhood each day. Planning starts in March for most North Carolina school districts to open school in August. (Photo: NCDPI)

N.C.'s TIMS project helps effort to update public school boundaries

The demographics of local school districts matter to the families in local communities. They also matter to researchers, policy makers and disaster relief planners. North Carolina is gearing up to help in a new, national data collection effort. (Image: NCES SDDS Map Viewer)

TIMS director wins national recognition

Jody Pressley, manager of the TIMS project support office at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, is named one of "14 Phenomenal Women in School Transportation" in November's School Bus Fleet magazine.