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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.

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.

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…
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