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Calhoun County buses get GPS tracking devices, software

Calhoun County bus GPS systems

Lee Phillips shows how the new Calhoun County bus GPS systems work at the bus shop in Jacksonville. (Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star)

Calhoun County Schools bus drivers on students’ first day back from a winter break Wednesday carried an extra piece of technology on board: GPS-tracking tablets.

The devices were affixed to the dashes of 152 active buses and nine of the system transportation department’s service vehicles over the break. Their installation marks the first step toward monitoring every turn the department’s drivers make from computer screens at offices in Jacksonville. Eventually, department staff said Wednesday, the devices will suggest the most efficient routes for those drivers.

Staff writer Zach Tyler: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @ZTyler_Star.