Case Study – Nativ Express



12% Deadhead trip
About Nativ Express
Founded in 2001 by the Afifi Transportation Group, Nateev Express currently operates over 400 buses in four public transportation clusters in Israel. To provide the best passenger service and safety, the company makes use of the most advanced technology in the areas of fleet management, passenger information, and in-bus connectivity.


The Tender
In late 2014, Nateev Express joined forces with Optibus, bidding for a public transportation tender from
the Ministry of Transportation. The optimized schedule submitted by Nateev Express earned the highest
score (9.99 out of 10.0 possible points!) for the operations section of the tender, among all participating


The Pilot
In early 2015, following the successful tender bid, Nateev Express decided to test OnSchedule™ for
ongoing use in their daily operations. Starting with an existing schedule for a 250 vehicle cluster, Nateev
Express initiated a pilot with the objective of optimizing the schedule and eliminating as many deadhead
trips as possible. Optimization had to consider logistic constraints such as: route homogeneity and depot
locations and capacity. On top of this, the schedule had to comply, if possible, with the state regulations
for driver rest periods, which had been only partially implemented prior to the pilot.


Pilot Results
Using Optibus OnSchedule™, Nateev Express compared multiple schedule scenarios to determine the
one that delivered maximum efficiency while matching its operational environment. The results showed
the following benefits:


Optimized depot locations and capacity could save over 600,000 km of deadhead trips per year:
The optimization process showed that existing depot capacities and locations were not optimal, causing
unnecessary deadhead trips. Testing various alternatives using OnSchedule™, Nateev Express identified
additional depot locations, where buses could park closer to their start and finish points. When this
optimized depot scheme is implemented, the operator will save almost 2,000 kilometers per day, a
dramatic reduction of 24% in deadhead trips kilometers. The reduction will lower fuel consumption and
driver hours, which reduces OPEX significantly.


Fleet size reduced by 10%: The optimized schedule enables Nateev Express to operate the cluster with
27 less buses (235 instead of 262 vehicles). Since their existing fleet consists of 262 vehicles, Nateev
Express decided to initially use 255 buses. Moving forward, Nateev Express will plan its fleet size according
to the OnSchedule™ plan, to increase savings even more.


Cost-efficient application of rest period regulations: Using OnSchedule™, Nateev Express managed to
create a legally conformant schedule at a reasonable cost. Despite strictly applying the rest period
regulations, Nateev Express still saves 8% of deadhead cost compared to the pre-optimized schedule.


“The pilot performed by Optibus showed us how we can get the best of both worlds: Optimal use of our resources, while complying with state regulations. These are the pillars of a profitable and successful bus operator company.”  Moshe Laskar, CEO, Nateev Express


Following the Pilot
With OnSchedule™ having proven its ability to significantly optimize schedules within given constraints,
Nateev Express decided to deploy the solution both on a regular basis for schedule preparations and
optimization, as well as for preparing new tender bids.

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