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Thoughts about scheduling, planning, mass transit, technology, algorithms and more.
Deutsche Bahn Subsidiary ioki Partners With Optibus to Help Integrate Fixed-Route and On-Demand Transportation in Europe
Deutsche Bahn subsidiary ioki is partnering with cloud-native AI platform Optibus to jointly accelerate the seamless integration of fixed-route and on-demand transportation in the DACH region and the rest of Europe. Auf Deutsch The partnership brings together two leading data-driven solutions for digital mobility to kick off the transformation process in Europe: ioki, the…
Optibus Joins Open Transit Initiative to Work Together on Agile Transit Ecosystem
Optibus is committed to bringing cloud-centered technology in an open data platform to the mass transportation industry worldwide, and we’re excited to announce that we’re joining forces with the Open Transit Initiative to further our shared values of an open transit ecosystem, collaboration through data standards, and continuous innovation. Public agencies and private operators alike…
What the Biden Administration Means for the U.S. Transportation Industry
Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who ran against Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, was confirmed as secretary of transportation in the Biden administration Tuesday by a vote of 86-13. “We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central role…
Even With COVID-19, We Still Managed To Take This Road Trip
2020 will primarily be remembered as the year of the global pandemic – but here at Optibus we’ve used our time in (and out of) lockdown to make it easier than ever to build better transportation networks, and are hard at work on making transportation planning and scheduling smarter, better and easier than ever in…
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 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”.
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