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.


Big News: We’re a Gold Stevie Awards Winner (Again)

We’re so excited to announce that for the 5th time we’ve been recognized as a Gold Stevie Awards winner. The 2022 competition for the American Business Awards® for Company of the Year received more than 3,700 nominations and we topped the Transportation list in the medium business category!  The Stevie Awards, launched 20 years ago, […]

School Bus Fleet Age: The Hidden Problem Impacting Schools

How Long Do School Buses Actually Last? The classic image of the big yellow school bus is timeless. But, like cars, school buses don’t last forever and need to be replaced. From the seats, to the wheels, to the interior mechanics, school buses age just like your own vehicle, if not quicker due to overuse […]

Six Critical School Bus Safety Issues in 2022

When it comes to getting our kids to and from school, safety is by far the most important element. Parents, school administrators and bus drivers all want school transportation to be a secure space where kids are taken care of and feel comfortable. But the traditional yellow school bus system is outdated and no longer […]

‘The Future of Student Transportation’ in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond Begins Today

Expert panel hosted by Zum identifies a bold new vision for the future. On March 31st 2022, Seattle-area leaders held a virtual town hall on ‘The Future of Student Transportation” and the urgent need to improve student safety, equitable access, efficiency and to slash harmful emissions. Hosted by Zum, a national leader in student transportation solutions, […]

People Who Zum: Denise Archer

Taking the driver’s seat We’re celebrating #PeopleWhoZum with Denise Archer, a non-profit administrator, artist, teen zine editor, mom and now school bus driver. She became a bus driver because she wanted to make a more immediate hands-on difference in students’ growth and emotional wellbeing. She’s not a Zum employee, yet she very much embodies our […]

People Who Zum: Mike Ankton

Teaching Kids Respect on the Route We’re celebrating #PeopleWhoZum with Mike Ankton, who until recently, held the title of Youngest Bus Driver in Arkansas. Mike currently balances his schedule majoring in Social Science Education at Henderson State University with his bus routes. For him, driving is an opportunity to teach the next generation about respecting […]

People Who Zum: Curtis Jenkins

Opening the door to kindness and community-building We’re excited to kick-off #PeopleWhoZum celebrating Curtis Jenkins, a former school bus driver, now community relationship specialist in the Richardson Independent School District, Dallas Texas. Jenkins first won hearts across the Internet when he surprised students on his bus with hand-picked Christmas gifts. He’s since taken his passion […]

Introducing People Who Zum: Driving Change in Student Transportation

Today we are thrilled to launch #PeopleWhoZum. A celebration of the unique people who are driving change in the student transportation industry. A spotlight view of those who believe, as we do, rides to and from school impact the way children learn, grow, relate, and excel. We’ll be featuring individuals who embody our values and […]

Making Student Transportation More Flexible and Transparent

This post is part of a series that dives into our vision for reimagining student transportation.  The pandemic has caused us to radically reconsider education in ways we never imagined we would, with hybrid models of virtual and in-person classes and newly flexible school schedules. Now’s the time to reinvent what remains the most inflexible […]

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 […]

Enhancing the Zum platform as part of our 360-degree approach to student safety and well-being

New safety features include digitized daily safety checks, student information system integrations and last stop digital tags At Zum, student safety is our top priority. Our platform is centered around a 360-degree approach to student safety and well-being, which takes into account the student’s experience before, during and after each and every ride.  This starts […]

A Vision at Scale: Welcoming Liz Sanchez as EVP, School Transportation

By Vivek Garg, President and COO At Zum, we are working on an audacious mission of reimagining student transportation, the largest mass transportation system in the U.S., mobilizing over 27 million students everyday. Our goal is to modernize this essential, yet antiquated part of society and make it smart, sustainable, safe and efficient. We recently […]

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 […]

New Student Transportation Provider at SFUSD

Editor Note: This guest post is cross-posted from the San Francisco Unified School District’s blog Zum Promises Modernized Transportation With Upgrades in Service, Safety and Reliability The SFUSD Transportation Department strives to create safe, reliable, and environmentally sustainable transportation to and from school for our students. To that end, the District engaged in a rigorous […]

Sequoia Capital’s Seven Questions With Ritu Narayan

Zum has the privilege of working closely with the team at Sequoia Capital since early on in our history — with the well known and respected venture capital firm investing in Zum as part of our Series A, B and C rounds.  They’ve recently published an interview with Zum Founder and CEO Ritu Narayan here […]

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