On the back of European Mobility Week, in which cities across Europe encouraged residents to go car-free, Optibus is opening a new Southern European HQ in Rome, Italy to enable local public transportation providers to increase operational efficiency and make public transportation the primary mode of mobility for passengers.
“From driver shortages to managing electric buses, public transportation across Italy faces challenges that can only be resolved through digital transformation. The opening of Optibus’ Rome office demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to local operators and agencies and to increasing access to sophisticated planning and operational tools,” said Dave Joshua, Optibus’ General Manager, EMEA.
Under the leadership of Francesco Golia, Optibus’ Regional Managing Director, Optibus’ Rome office will focus on expanding access to Optibus’ cloud-native solution and optimization algorithms across Italy and beyond in Southern Europe, onboarding new customers to the software platform, and delivering customer success. The office will work closely with transportation providers to develop tailor solutions to industry-wide challenges, such as driver shortages and the transition to electric buses, and meet the need for more operational flexibility and innovation to easily adapt services to match dynamic passenger demand.
The opening of Optibus’ Rome office reinforces Rome mayor Roberto Gualtieri’s move "to achieve a real mobility revolution, reconnecting our neighborhoods and making Rome a more sustainable and liveable city," as mentioned at last week’s European Mobility Week.
Optibus is already working with public transportation providers across Italy, including Italy’s largest private bus operator, to bring electric buses and real-time operations to the region, optimize crew and vehicle schedules, and more.