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Thoughts about scheduling, planning, mass transit, technology, algorithms and more.
Scenarios Are King: Scheduling And Planning For The Social Distancing Era (Part 2)
This is the second blog in a two-part series about the scheduling implications of COVID-19. Its focus is the second period – when service restrictions are eased and agencies and operators need to think about frequency service changes and the implications of crowding prevention.
Scenarios Are King: Scheduling And Planning For The Social Distancing Era (Part 1)
In the past several months, public transportation is facing a staggering amount of uncertainty. First, services were cut and ridership dropped. Then restrictions were eased and service changed some more. Funding, ridership and additional factors turned what was once a stable operation into a service that changes all the time. In this new world, agencies and operators must come to terms with a new reality: the reality of multiple scenarios.
LVL Jäger – Using Planning and Scheduling to Transform Business
Ms. Carry Buchholz, GM and Managing Partner at LVL Jäger describes the operation prior to choosing Optibus. “Most work was done using manual edits on on-premise software or in spreadsheets, with only one employee having the expertise to perform planning and scheduling work”.
Optibus Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum announced its selection of over 100 of the most promising Technology Pioneers of 2020, who are shaping industries from agriculture to healthcare while also working on sustainability issues and much more. Optibus is one of many Technology Pioneers that are using their tech to support COVID-19 responses around the world. Optibus,…
U.S. Cities Get a New Tool to Improve Transit Equality
Cities coming out of lockdown have many big-picture transit issues to consider as they plan their COVID-19 exit strategies, such as how to bring riders back, how to match gradual changes in demand with gradual transit changes, and how to accommodate the need for social distancing. Now transit agencies and operators also have a better…
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…
Helping Transit Agencies Create A COVID-19 Exit Strategy At No Cost
Now that parts of the world are considering the next stage of managing the pandemic – how to gradually reverse lockdown and revive the economy while attempting to keep contagion rates down – the time has come to evaluate different exit strategies for public transit as well. Optibus is offering no-cost help to do this.
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.
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