Evaluating Next-Generation Planning & Scheduling Platforms

Evaluating Next-Generation Planning & Scheduling Platforms
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Evaluating Next-Generation Planning & Scheduling Platforms

New mobility alternatives, applications and software are changing the world of transit in unprecedented ways. In the public transit sector, older methods of planning and scheduling are making way for newer platforms. These new platforms carry enormous transformational potential. They improve operational efficiency, lower operational costs and create novel opportunities for newer, data-driven services.

How can transit providers, government or privately-owned, determine which planning and scheduling solution is right for them? What are the features that can change business for the better?

Whether you’re looking to plan better routes, timetables, ensure on-time performance, create better vehicle/crew schedules or rosters (rotas), you will want to ask these eight questions:

  • Is it easy to accurately express rules and preferences?
  • Does the platform show all relevant business metrics?
  • How long does it take to generate a schedule?
  • Can the platform work at scale?
  • Is the platform data driven?
  • Is the platform web and cloud-based?
  • Does the platform support collaboration?
  • Does the platform offer a comprehensive end-to-end solution that is also future proof?

In Summary

Mass transit is facing some exciting possibilities, yet they require mass transit operators to undergo digital transformation and enter a world of quick, modern and accurate software-as-a-service platforms.

In the case of mass transit, modernization and digital transformation aren’t “nice to have” features: given the enormity of the technological challenge that’s inherent in scheduling and planning, these features are a must for any organization that wants to partake in the future of mobility.

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