The Optibus Blog
Thoughts about scheduling, planning, mass transit, technology, algorithms and more.
2019 In Transportation Innovation At Optibus
Hop aboard to see a few of the ways we brought innovation to mass transit in 2019. Sneak a peek at one of our 2020 highlights at the bottom. This year we made it possible to plan routes directly on up-to-date maps that integrate with the timetable, enabled multiroute planning to improve service and…
What can and can’t artificial intelligence do for public transport? Separating myth from reality
Let’s think of London: each and every day, millions of people move around the city, commuting, going to school, work, tourist attractions and more. How do you take a large city and optimize all the transportation in the city? How many vehicles do you need, where should they stop, which routes should they go?
Kevin English Joins Optibus As Its Head Of Customer Success, North America
We are delighted to announce that Kevin English is joining us as our Head of Customer Success, North America. Kevin will be in charge of our exciting North American market deployments with PTOs and PTAs.
Optibus News: We’re Opening An NYC Office And Kevin Foreman Will Head Our North America Operations
We’re excited to announce that we’re opening an office in New York City and that Kevin Foreman will be leading our U.S. and Canada expansion as general manager for North America. In addition to opening a New York office on Madison Avenue, we’re also moving our San Francisco office to Mission Street. The new offices…
How Rosters Make A Huge Operational Difference
Roster optimization can drive efficiencies, save pay time and improve driver satisfaction. Most importantly, it reduces the ratio of overtime/total paid time, potentially saving 2-5% of all labor-related operating expenses. Rosters also have a profound impact on operators: how many routes they drive, start times, days off, a 4-day or 5-day workweek and more. It’s…
How Better Bus Routes And Service Quality Doubled Ridership In This City
When the affluent Israeli coastal city of Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv, was preparing to overhaul its bus service, urban planners and city officials were hoping to attract more passengers – maybe ridership would increase 10% or even 20%, they figured. But the upgrade, led by transportation planner and Optibus adviser Dr. Robert…
Can You Schedule A Shared Service Taxi?
Introduction: a private service that provides much needed frequency along routes Long before Ford’s Chariot service was announced, operated and then shut down, Israeli commuters have had access to a unique shared taxi service, called “moniyot sherut” (the name is a play on “shared route” and also means “service taxi”). These shared taxis run along…
How Tower Transit Singapore Uses Optibus
Using Optibus, Tower Transit managed to make the workflow quicker, resulting in better operational results. Thomas reports that “Optibus give us quite good financial and operational results compared to the previous system we had used, reflecting significant savings for the company.”
Relief Vehicle Scheduling: The Forgotten Optimization Dimension
When we talk about scheduling optimization, we often focus on vehicles and drivers and forget an important factor: relief vehicles. Relief vehicle scheduling is about how to move drivers between “pieces of work” - the trips each driver is responsible for.
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