The Optibus Blog

Thoughts about scheduling, planning, mass transit, technology, algorithms and more.

Optimizing Bus Service in Light of Changes to New Zealand’s Driver Break Rules

Recent amendments to New Zealand’s Employment Relations Act introduced detailed requirements with regards to meal and...

The Case for Roster Optimization

Introduction: Bus operations are complex, and so is scheduling. It is a combination of craft and science, and...

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Generating COVID-19 Alternative Plans For Transit Operations

With the COVID-19 virus disrupting the movement of people around the world, we’ve been getting requests from Optibus...

Helping Transit Agencies Manage COVID-19 With No-Cost Alternative Service Plans

Movement in and between cities is being reduced around the world in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving public...

Everything You Wanted To Know About Other People’s Rostering Practices

We know vehicle and crew scheduling are complex, and we know most transportation players optimize them. How many use...

11 Tips And Tricks To Win More Transport Business

For transportation operators, winning new business lies at the heart of their strategy. Tenders are serious business –...

Kevin English Joins Optibus As Its Head Of Customer Success, North America

We are delighted to announce that Kevin English is joining us as our Head of Customer Success, North America. Kevin...

How Rosters Make A Huge Operational Difference

Roster optimization can drive efficiencies, save pay time and improve driver satisfaction. Most importantly, it reduces...

Can You Schedule A Shared Service Taxi?

Introduction: a private service that provides much needed frequency along routes Long before Ford’s Chariot service was...

Relief Vehicle Scheduling: The Forgotten Optimization Dimension

When we talk about scheduling optimization, we often focus on vehicles and drivers and forget an important factor:...

Reducing Bus Bunching on BRT Systems

Bus Bunching is a Vicious Cycle If you’ve ever waited for what seems like hours at a bus stop, only to have 3 buses...

Public Transit Suffering From A Driver Shortage? Apply Some Scheduling Magic

We have heard from numerous clients – located on two sides of the globe – that driver shortages are one of their most...

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...

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...