Solution allows transit providers to get a view of the entire transit corridor at once and coordinate trip times that would benefit passengers travelling through the corridor.
High-tech mobility platform provider, Optibus, has introduced a new set of multi-route planning capabilities within its cloud-native platform
The new capabilities enable transportation agencies and operators to plan multiple routes at the same time. According to Optibus, this makes it easier for them to prioritise passenger needs for a “reliable, frequent and high-quality bus service” while increasing operational efficiency and reducing costs.
The provider notes that public transit ridership is declining in most US metropolitan areas, especially major cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
“The way to increase ridership is to improve transportation in ways that directly affect existing and potential passengers. Our multi-route planning capabilities empower transit providers to do exactly that,” said Amos Haggiag, CEO and co-founder, Optibus.
In addition to its primary competitor, the privately-owned car, buses must also face off against numerous additional mobility options, including car-hailing and ride-sharing options and micro-mobility vehicles such as electric bikes and scooters. Perhaps most insidious, though, is the feature of bus networks themselves that discourages ridership: namely, poor transit service, claims Optibus.
“Transportation providers are now able to catch up to the tech revolution sweeping through the mobility industry”
Optibus said with its multi-route planning, transit agencies and operators are able to rely on a solution to plan multiple routes at the same time. This allows transit providers to get a view of the entire transit corridor at once and coordinate trip times that would benefit passengers travelling through the corridor.
Use of Optibus’s multi-route planning capabilities would allow transportation agencies and operators to:
“Transportation providers are now able to catch up to the tech revolution sweeping through the mobility industry by using advanced technology like machine learning and cloud computing to improve the quality of the mass transit operating in their cities,” added Haggiag. “And you know what happens when people are more satisfied with the quality of public transit? They increase their transit use.”
Optibus’s software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud-native planning and scheduling platform leverages artificial intelligence and algorithms with the aim of reducing labour, fuel and vehicle costs as well as improving passenger service and growing ridership for mass transportation operators and agencies.
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