Our Mission: To provide Texas State University students a stress-free way to commute to school.

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The Problem

Riding the bus to school is a stressful experience. Students miss the bus because of innaccurate ETAs and a lack of notifications for oncoming buses. Which lead to students being late to class.


Our Solution Is Simple

We are developing an add-on to the current app that lets students flip an “on” switch to get notifications of their route’s oncoming buses.


This “on” status also serves to collect data on how many students are waiting at a stop at any given time. This will help dispatch buses more efficiently based on demand from students, letting busier routes borrow a bus from a route of low demand.

We believe this is a great idea and a viable innovation to implement as a modification to the already-existing app. We also believe students would not only not be opposed, but they would be willing to use this new system.


Our Steps To Success:

Accurate ETAs

Push Notifications

Live Tracking

The App Upgrade



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Fiscal Projections

The first year of the company will be funded through a redistribution of funds provided by the students. This system is supported by students, who pay a $95.00 bus fee at registration each semester.

Texas State University already requires students to pay a compulsory bus fee per semester. But, there are provisions protecting the students that won't allow for more than $100 per student per semester for the bus service. Students currently pay $95 per semester (Texas State University, 2017). To increase this fee, we will have to pitch our business plan and get approval from Texas State’s Transportation Advisory Council, maxing that out to $100 per student will allow us an extra $200,000 in funding (Texas State University, 2017). We will use that amount as well as repurpose $300,000 from the existing bus fund. The bus fund is funded by students (included in tuition) and staff who buy a parking pass (a portion of each parking tag goes to the bus service). In one year, Texas State students pay an estimated $3 million for transportation. It would only cost us an estimated half million dollars to carry out our system for a year.

Specifications from the Texas State Website

After the $5 increase in bus services, we will have funded the money necessary to hire and pay the additional people hired to run the operations of the new app update, plus we will have additional funding that will go to programming and supply costs. Also, due to the fact that the bus fee is a compulsory fee (fee that is charged to all students enrolled in the university), if the rate of students increase, so will the budget for the transportation system. Therefore, the budget will naturally fluctuate with the students needs (Education Code, Chapter 54).

By using a team of data analysts, we will be able to function with only an additional four person analytics team. The team will focus on organizing and interpreting the number data of students looking for a bus and the real-time bus arrival estimate data, making it available to students via push notifications. These alerts will show students an accurate arrival time for their bus outside of the app. When students turn on Shuttle Alerts, the app sends numeric information to the analytics team to determine how many people are looking for a bus at a specific stop at any given time. Using that information, we are better able to dispatch buses to high traffic areas at their busiest times, letting heavy routes borrow a bus or two from light traffic routes.

After we prove that our app update is successful, we plan to contract our services to other universities and companies to make a profit and make transportation systems better for others.

Meet The Team


Elizabeth Flower

A Digital Media Native, looking to pursue a career in Digital Marketing. She is graduating from Texas State University in December, 2017.

Rachel Smith

A Digital Media Innovator who specializes in media design and coding graduating from Texas State in December.

Gustavo Figueroa

A Digital Media Specialist with a concentration in graphic design and coding about to graduate from Texas State University in Spring 2018.

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Welcome Screen


The user is introduced to the new system of notifications and guided through the setup process. The user also learns how it all works.

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Enable Notifications


The user is prompted to allow notifications from the app. This only happens the first time the user opens the app after the Shuttle Solutions Update.

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Tap The Bell


The user taps on the bell icon at the corner to receive push notifications outside the app.

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Confirm


The user will be asked to confirm that they want to enable push notifications. By doing this, they gain an active state that tells us they're looking for a Shuttle.

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