Zūm Blog

News and views on how we’re reimagining student transportation for districts, schools and families


At Zūm, we’re reimagining student transportation by partnering with school districts across the country to offer an end-to-end solution purpose-built for kids.


The Future is Green

Click below to read Zum Founder and CEO Ritu Narayan’s article on the importance of creating a sustainable future for school kids.

Are Long Commutes to School Healthy for Kids?

It’s time that long commutes to school are viewed as more than just inconveniences. Long commutes have been found to have a negative impact on children’s well-being.  Research by Carole Turley Voulgaris of California Polytechnic State University, Michael J. Smart of Rutgers University, and Brian D. Taylor of UCLA, takes a detailed look at how […]

Transforming the Most Inflexible Part of Our School System

By Bringing New Efficiencies to the $28 Billion School Transportation Industry, We Can Enhance Student Well-Being While Saving Our Planet  This post is part of a series that dives into our vision for reimagining student transportation.  With their hulking frames, diesel fumes and vinyl seats, yellow school buses certainly aren’t luxury vehicles. Yet busing constitutes […]

Joining Zum To Help Change Student Transportation

A Welcome Letter from Zum’s New EVP of School Transportation, Liz Sanchez Having been in the student transportation industry for over 30 years, I’ve had the opportunity to see it inside and out. What I have loved about the industry — and the reason why I’ve stayed in it for so many years — is […]

Zūm in Cheddar News

Zum Founder & CEO Ritu Narayan joined Cheddar News’ Closing Bell to discuss how its $130 million Series D round will help it transition to 100% EV by 2025 and its plans for expansion into twelve states across the country. Check out the interview below! Cheddar News: Student Transport Startup Zūm Nears Unicorn Value After […]

Reimagining Student Transportation: Our Vision Through 2025 And Beyond

Here at Zum, reinventing student transportation isn’t just a job — it’s deeply personal. As we continue our journey to reimagine a more reliable, sustainable, and safer future for students, parents and teachers, we’re excited to share our larger vision for not just now, but through 2025 and beyond. This includes what we believe are […]

Zum CEO on SiriusXM’s Launch Pad

Zum CEO Ritu Narayan spoke with The Wharton School’s Karl Ulrich for a recent episode of Launch Pad on SiriusXM’s Business Radio. They discussed how Zum is modernizing student transportation. The episode also features the CEOs of Headspace and Ginger following their recent merger announcement. You can check out the full episode here, on Apple […]

Zum Commits to Transition School District Partners to 100% Electric by 2025

Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), Oakland Unified School District Superintendent, and more come together to share zero emission vision for student transportation. As we welcome our children back to school campuses, our work to reimagine student transportation has never been more important. Transportation accounts for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions […]

Zum Goes Carbon Neutral, Leads Student Transportation Toward an Electric Future

Student transportation leader unveils Zum Net Zero, a program rooted in creating a safer, healthier, more sustainable planet Today, we’re announcing that Zum is offsetting 100% of the carbon emissions for our entire fleet in 2021. While we’re transitioning our full fleet to electric vehicles by 2025, we recognize the urgency of the climate crisis […]

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