The Optibus Blog
Thoughts about scheduling, planning, mass transit, technology, algorithms and more
Mass Transit Optimization for Buses: The Depot Problem
One of the great things about working for Optibus is the ability to apply math to the solution of real world problems. Bus scheduling is a NP-hard problem and as we were developing the Optibus platform in its early days, we encountered many cases that forced us to put our thinking hats on.
How to Manage Overtime with Transportation Scheduling Software
The overtime crew scheduling (or runcutting) challenge Everyone has opinions about overtime. Some think it’s an opportunity to earn more money, others are concerned about the resulting safety implications (or regulatory problems), as drivers drive long shifts and become fatigued.
Optibus Opens UK Offices, Appoints Dave Joshua as UK Country Manager, to Lead Regional Business Growth
Optibus, the leading provider of real-time operations and planning for mass transportation, announced today the opening of its UK offices in London, and, simultaneously, the appointment of Dave Joshua, as its UK Country Manager.The UK mass transit market is one of the oldest and largest public transit operations in the world. This fits perfectly with the Optibus vision to provide technology that will drive better and more efficient means of mass transit, making it the first choice for passengers and cities alike.
London’s Paddington Station Is Now Optibus UK’s New – Additional – Home!
London’s Paddington Station has borne witness to a great part of history, dating all the way back to 1852. This included the transport of goods (particularly milk and parcels), all types of passengers , the onslaught of World Wars (although no damage was done to it), upgrades, reconstruction and preservation. Additionally, the children’s…
How Electric Buses Change Scheduling – and Why Charging Changes the Game
It’s difficult to decide whether the future of Electric Buses is already here. One article titled “Electric Buses Will Take Over by 2025”, discusses how Shenzhen in China became an example of successful bus electrification. Yet read “US Transit Agencies Cautious on Electric Buses” and you will learn about the setbacks of using new technology…
Solving NP-Hard Problems to Optimize Large-Scale Systems: it sounds complicated, but it’s not.
Have you ever solved a Rubik’s Cube? If not, maybe you’ve solved a Sudoku puzzle, or even just a maze on the back of a cereal box. If you have ever solved one of these things, then congratulations! You’ve solved a Non-deterministic Polynomial problem! This terminology could sound quite intimidating, but you don’t need a…
Can Artificial Intelligence Prevent Bus Bunching?
Bus bunching is one of the most common — and simultaneously most complicated — problems that transit companies face. Picture this: you’ve been waiting at your bus stop for fifteen minutes, and your bus is running more than ten minutes late. Finally, you see your bus in the distance. As it approaches, you see that…
Webinar Recap: It’s About Time – Preventing Transit Delays with Better Planning
This webinar was held as part of the announcement of OnTime module of the Optibus platform. The OnTime module uses artificial intelligence and historical data to predict and analyze on-time performance. Doing that allows schedulers to tweak and change schedules so that the entire schedule has a higher likelihood of on time performance, leading to…
Reducing Costs and Improving Work Quality: Solutions for Better Scheduling at MV Transportation
How MV Transportation Uses Optibus for Scheduling: a case study We recently interviewed Liz Stayner, Planning Manager at MV Transportation. Stayner uses Optibus for runcutting and scheduling for multiple MV divisions and agencies. Stayner started working at MV as a dispatcher in the Bay Area. She quickly moved into operations and special projects, helping different…
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