08/21/2013 09:45 EDT | Updated 10/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Technology needed to improve Newfoundland and Labrador bus routes: report

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - An external review of Newfoundland and Labrador's school transportation system says better technology is needed to improve bus routes and save money in the long term.

The independent report from Deloitte says software upgrades would improve route design and determine the most cost-effective use of buses.

Education Minister Clyde Jackman says the government will form an advisory committee to examine the report.

The review was commissioned by the province last December and Deloitte was asked to make recommendations based on existing budgets, although the report says the software would cost between $50,000 and $250,000.

The department says more than 47,500 students travelled seven million kilometres last year on school buses in the province.