But the transportation dept. can create routes for each bus and either put a map in the bus or input the route in a GPS. Its' not that difficult to do. The transportation dept. failed big time.
The problem with GPS is:
1. It can't store several hundred routes;
2. it can't read the traffic. If there's a diversion, the GPS can't change its route
3. There's huge cost implications for for putting a GPS system in every bus and keeping each unit updated with new route info (assuming you could, in fact, store all routes in one unit)
A physical bus isn't allocated per route. Buses are contantly being rotated - for servicing or repairs, or drivers are simply transferred to another route (ie. bus 259 is delayed due to a traffic accident. We need you do go cover route 61 now as 259 won't be there for another 2 hours!) So every bus needs to be equipped for every route.
Also - charter routes are not regular routes - they're different again.
Roe has an excellent point - why didn't the transportation dept provide any kind of route to the driver? Or did they, and she ignored it?
As I mentioned before. She probably did have a map or left and right directions of some kind. But you can't read directions AND drive a bus at the same time. It simply isn't safe.