The Optibus Blog

Thoughts about scheduling, planning, mass transit, technology, algorithms and more.

Under the Hood of Our New and Improved EV Module

For some time, we’ve been leading the industry in terms of planning and scheduling for electric fleets, both with regards to planning a mixed fleet (that uses both diesel and EVs) as well as all-EV fleets. This week we’ve released a new and improved EV module, with robust optimization that’s already yielding better results. To…

Optimizing Bus Service in Light of Changes to New Zealand’s Driver Break Rules

Recent amendments to New Zealand’s Employment Relations Act introduced detailed requirements with regards to meal and rest breaks for transportation employees. Scheduling for fixed-route services – and especially the creation of optimized crew schedules – requires compliance with meal and rest break rules. This is no trivial feat: vehicle and crew scheduling is a complex…
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The Case for Roster Optimization

Bus operations are complex, and so is scheduling. It is a combination of craft and science, and transportation operators devote considerable energy to getting vehicle and crew scheduling (aka blocking and runcutting) right. They do this to ensure efficient operations, cost savings, on-time performance and regulatory (and labor rule) compliance. Yet, the same amount of energy isn’t always applied to rostering.

Helping Transit Agencies Manage COVID-19 With No-Cost Alternative Service Plans

Movement in and between cities is being reduced around the world in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving public transit agencies to figure out how best to provide transit service while minimizing the spread of the virus and contending with expected drops in ridership and driver availability. Here at Optibus, we have employees who are quarantined and are dealing with the severe disruption COVID-19 has on our work. We have received numerous requests from transit agencies to help create contingency plans. We’d like to help.
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