With the COVID-19 virus disrupting the movement of people around the world, we’ve been getting requests from Optibus customers about how to prepare contingency plans to deal with the challenges posed by the pandemic. Hard decisions will need to be made about reducing service in ways that cause the least harm in the present, with …
Movement in and between cities is being reduced around the world in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving public transit agencies to figure out how best to provide transit service while minimizing the spread of the virus and contending with expected drops in ridership and driver availability.
Here at Optibus, we have employees who are quarantined and are dealing with the severe disruption COVID-19 has on our work. We have received numerous requests from transit agencies to help create contingency plans.
We’d like to help.
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.