The Optibus Blog
Thoughts about scheduling, planning, mass transit, technology, algorithms and more.
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.
MV Transportation: Improving Efficiencies
Watch this video to learn how MV Transportation's Transportation Planning Manager, Elizabeth Stayner uses the Optibus platform and the changes they have seen in their scheduling and planning process.
Reducing Bus Bunching on BRT Systems
Bus Bunching is a Vicious Cycle If you’ve ever waited for what seems like hours at a bus stop, only to have 3 buses arrive at the same time, you’ve experienced bus bunching. Although schedulers plan for routes to operate on even headways according to desired frequencies, subpar operation and traffic conditions can cause buses…
Understanding the Algorithmic Challenges of EV Optimization
Why EV Public Transit Scheduling is Different The global drive to decrease fossil fuel dependency and resulting policy measures have pushed transit agencies to replace diesel and natural gas fleets with electric vehicles (EVs). Although the high capital costs of EVs present a significant hurdle for agencies, the successful adoption of EVs is much more…
How Multi-Route Planning Can Unclog Urban Arteries
When the body’s arteries get clogged, blood flow declines and the heart struggles to pump enough blood at a nice steady pace. And when the arteries that get clogged are those of a city – its main thoroughfares, the high-traffic corridors through which vast numbers of people and vehicles pass each day – then those…
How To Tell Which Cloud-Based Scheduling Platform Is Right For You
You’ve decided you are going to use a cloud-based platform for your planning and scheduling needs. Rest assured: You’ve made the right decision! You’ve opted for modern software because: It’s future proof It is easy to learn and has a great interface It can improve agency performance though quick scenario planning and better operations It…
PTAs & PTOs, Don’t Lose Sight Of The Whole Picture: Why Sequential Scheduling Is A Thing Of The Past
It’s nice when steps are clearly laid out – complete step 1, move on to step 2, finish with step 3, and you’re done. Historically, this is how the transit planning process has gone. First you make the routes and set the timetable, then you assign vehicles to those routes (vehicle scheduling or blocking), and…
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