While some shuttle operations are run using spreadsheets or pen and paper, shuttle operators can take advantage of the emergence of next-generation planning and scheduling platforms for fixed-route operations.
In theory, public transportation is a cheap, convenient, and dependable way to travel. In practice, commuting by subway, bus, or train is often a logistical nightmare. With poor service, rising costs, and aging infrastructure, municipalities are desperate for solutions and riders are frustrated and restless. Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have wooed some passengers…
When an affluent Israeli city just north of Tel Aviv upgraded its mass transit service in early 2018, municipal and transit officials hoped to boost ridership at least 10 percent. Instead, ridership doubled in one year.
Transit start-up Optibus has added a set of new ‘intelligent’ route planning features to its cloud-based platform. The interactive module uses real-time data and satellite imagery to map new and existing bus routes and schedule the movements of all vehicles and drivers within a city-wide transport ecosystem.
Transit agencies and operators have unique customs when it comes to internal rules for operations and scheduling. They are also bound by different regulations and labor requirements, which can lead to widely different rules and preferences when they optimize their transportation network.
Which mobility market is larger than the taxi, ride-hailing, and shared-ride markets combined? Look no further than the streets and tunnels of any major city in the world, and you’ll have your answer: the mass transit market.