The Optibus Blog
Thoughts about scheduling, planning, mass transit, technology, algorithms and more.
Can Mass Transport Route Planning Be Made as Simple as a Road Trip?
Let’s say you’re planning one of those legendary road trips – Route 66 in the US or Scotland’s North Coast. A quick search will reveal applications and websites that let you choose destinations, set limits on driving time, recommend stops and places to stay and eat. Once you’re done, you can even play around with…
Public Transit Suffering from a Driver Shortage? Apply Some Scheduling Magic
We have heard from numerous clients – located on two sides of the globe – that driver shortages are one of their most pressing business challenges. So while, naturally, we at Optibus are focused on saving operational costs and making mass transportation operations better, sometimes we need to focus on what really matters – the…
SaaS vs. On-Premises for Public Transportation Software: Total Cost of Ownership and More
Historically, public transit agencies and operators have been using on-premises software to manage their operations (planning and scheduling). This sector is undergoing a digital transformation, and new cloud-native, Software-as-a-Service offerings are being made available. How can one evaluate which one of the two would be more beneficial for the organization? Additionally, since SaaS and on-premises…
Mary Dalby Joins Optibus as its Head of Customer Success, UK & Eire
We are delighted to announce that Mary Dalby is joining us as our Head of Customer Success, UK & Eire. Prior to joining us, Mary has had a long career in Customer Success in the financial services sector, with Thomson Reuters, UBS, Merrill Lynch and Accenture. Mary’s trademark is the ability to deeply understand customer…
Five predictions about the future of transit and mobility in 2019
Mobility is rapidly changing, with new service offerings, electrification and an increasing impact on our basic transportation choices, from possibly changing whether people own a car to having a major impact on public transportation ridership.Although it’s difficult to make predictions in such a rapidly moving market, here are five predictions for 2019 in transit and mobility
Leon Daniels Awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List
Optibus congratulates its Head of Strategy, UK, Leon Daniels, on being awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Until his retirement from TfL in December 2017 Leon was Managing Director, Surface Transport, with responsibility for delivery of all £3.5bn of road, light…
All of the Above: Optimizing Drivers and Vehicles at the Same Time
Scheduling for mass transit isn’t simple. In fact, scheduling is a NP-Hard problem. As a result, it requires intensive compute resources; adding the simplest realities of mass transit operations, such as depot requirements or breaks, makes it exponentially more complex
Investing in our platform and making the most of our recent $ 40 M investment round
We've announced a $ 40 M Series B round today; read this blog to see what we're planning to do on the product front, using the funds to drive better and smarter mass transportation.
Launching our Re-designed Roster
Read this blog to see how we re-designed our roster (rota) optimization user interface to make work better, faster and more efficient
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