The Optibus Blog
Thoughts about scheduling, planning, mass transit, technology, algorithms and more.
What Do Public Transportation Operators Think About The Efficiency Of Their Service?
We are strong believers that in the case of public transportation, efficiency needs to be both measured and managed. When transportation efficiency is measured, it can produce many insights, enabling agencies and operators to check whether their resources are allocated to offer the best possible service.
Everything You Wanted To Know About Other People’s Rostering Practices
We were wondering whether public transportation uses optimization to ensure that overtime is under control and to create rosters that better serve drivers. We now know the answer, at least with respect to US transportation operators we had surveyed: 71% of them do not use optimization as part of the process.
The Rostering Practice That Makes Life More Fair For Bus Drivers
Where would we be without bus drivers? Your bus routes might be perfect and your schedule meticulous, but a lack of drivers can leave cities, transportation companies and passengers stranded. Driver shortage caused transportation delays across the U.S. last year and is projected to intensify in the UK as driver job applications from Europe dry…
11 Tips And Tricks To Win More Transport Business
Tenders are serious business – many companies bid and only one wins. There is no second place. You can either win business for new routes, agencies or areas or lose the bid
2019 In Transportation Innovation At Optibus
Hop aboard to see a few of the ways we brought innovation to mass transit in 2019. Sneak a peek at one of our 2020 highlights at the bottom. This year we made it possible to plan routes directly on up-to-date maps that integrate with the timetable, enabled multiroute planning to improve service and…
What Can And Can’t Artificial Intelligence Do For Public Transport? Separating Myth From Reality
Let’s think of London: each and every day, millions of people move around the city, commuting, going to school, work, tourist attractions and more. How do you take a large city and optimize all the transportation in the city? How many vehicles do you need, where should they stop, which routes should they go?
Kevin English Joins Optibus As Its Head Of Customer Success, North America
We are delighted to announce that Kevin English is joining us as our Head of Customer Success, North America. Kevin will be in charge of our exciting North American market deployments with PTOs and PTAs.
Optibus News: We’re Opening An NYC Office And Kevin Foreman Will Head Our North America Operations
We’re excited to announce that we’re opening an office in New York City and that Kevin Foreman will be leading our U.S. and Canada expansion as general manager for North America. In addition to opening a New York office on Madison Avenue, we’re also moving our San Francisco office to Mission Street. The new offices…
How Rosters Make A Huge Operational Difference
Roster optimization can drive efficiencies, save pay time and improve driver satisfaction. Most importantly, it reduces the ratio of overtime/total paid time, potentially saving 2-5% of all labor-related operating expenses. Rosters also have a profound impact on operators: how many routes they drive, start times, days off, a 4-day or 5-day workweek and more. It’s…
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