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Grupo Ruiz Using AI Platform Optibus to Provide More Agile Transport Networks in Post-Pandemic ‘New Normal’

Grupo Ruiz is using cloud-native AI platform Optibus to optimize its transport service in the post-COVID new normal, enabling more agile transportation networks that adapt to changing demand. The volatility in ridership seen during the pandemic has highlighted the need for robust, flexible software that facilitates quick and effective changes to ensure that timetables and…

Optibus Raises $107 Million and Launches Geospatial Suite to Help Cities Shape the Future of Urban Mobility

Optibus, the cloud-native AI platform for planning and operating mass transportation, announced today that it has raised $107 million in a Series C round, co-led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Insight Partners. The funding comes as Optibus is launching one of its most significant updates: the Geospatial Suite, which significantly improves transportation networks and transit…
Stagecoach Partners With Optibus to Plan Bus Networks of the Future

Stagecoach, the UK’s Largest Bus and Coach Operator, Partners with AI Platform Optibus to Help Plan the Bus Networks of the Future

Stagecoach, Britain’s biggest bus, coach and tram operator, has announced a major technological partnership that will help plan the bus networks of the future to match the changes in how people travel coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic. The technological transformation will see the Optibus software platform being rolled out. This software is used in over 450 cities globally and uses…
Deutsche Bahn Subsidiary ioki Partners With Optibus to Help Integrate Fixed-Route and On-Demand Transportation in Europe

Deutsche Bahn Subsidiary ioki Partners With Optibus to Help Integrate Fixed-Route and On-Demand Transportation in Europe

  Deutsche Bahn subsidiary ioki is partnering with cloud-native AI platform Optibus to jointly accelerate the seamless integration of fixed-route and on-demand transportation in the DACH region and the rest of Europe.  Auf Deutsch The partnership brings together two leading data-driven solutions for digital mobility to kick off the transformation process in Europe: ioki, the…

Optibus Joins Open Transit Initiative to Work Together on Agile Transit Ecosystem

Optibus is committed to bringing cloud-centered technology in an open data platform to the mass transportation industry worldwide, and we’re excited to announce that we’re joining forces with the Open Transit Initiative to further our shared values of an open transit ecosystem, collaboration through data standards, and continuous innovation.  Public agencies and private operators alike…
As Secretary Pete Gets Confirmed, What Will Impact of Biden Administration Be on Transportation?

What the Biden Administration Means for the U.S. Transportation Industry

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who ran against Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, was confirmed as  secretary of transportation in the Biden administration Tuesday by a vote of 86-13. “We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central role…

Introducing Roster (Rota) Cycle Optimization

We’ve recently released roster cycle optimization, a feature we’re truly pleased with and that was developed in close collaboration with some of the world’s largest bus operators. It’s a pretty unique feature, taking roster optimization one step ahead of the industry. This post describes its importance and how it fits within the general industry practices related to creating rosters (rotas).

Using ‘Lifestyle Rosters’ to Improve Diversity and Encourage Driver Retention

Driver shortages are a well-known problem in the mass transportation industry both in the UK and globally, an issue that underscores the importance of hiring and retaining drivers and ensuring their well-being. One of the manifestations of this problem is lack of gender diversity. According to the International Transport Forum, women account for less than 15% of the global transport workforce.
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