by Future Transport-News
04 Aug 2021
Optibus Is Now Powering Mass Transit in 500 Cities Worldwide
Optibus is thrilled to announce that Park City, Utah – host to the Sundance Film Festival and several 2002 Winter Olympics events, and home of the U.S. Ski Team – has become the 500th city to boost the performance and efficiency of its public transportation network using Optibus.
Optibus is used in cities including New York, Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, Brasilia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
To celebrate Optibus reaching its 500th city, we’d like to share a few more milestone numbers:
The prevalence of innovative and intuitive software for planning and scheduling transportation in so many cities around the world is an outgrowth of significant trends and historic challenges facing the public transportation industry over the past decade.
A rise in urbanization has increased the need for public transportation, yet municipal transport budgets have not grown at a relative pace in many places. There has been extensive innovation in the mobility industry, largely related to micromobility and autonomous vehicles – yet despite serving a much larger population, public transportation has lagged behind, relying for too long on manual calculations, spreadsheets, or slow and cumbersome legacy tools.
More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it clearer than ever that public transit is an essential service, not only enabling essential workers to help everyone around them, but also (coronavirus restrictions permitting) connecting all residents with health care, food, education, jobs and culture, and, at a time of so many broken connections, with each other and with their family, friends and communities.
The pandemic has shown us just how crucial it is for transportation providers to be agile and innovative – whether that means changing timetables from one day to the next or incorporating scooter docking stations into transit planning or figuring out how to meet passenger needs better by integrating fixed routes with on-demand transit. That agility is crucial because the needs of the people who live in our cities and towns are changing, and public transportation must change along with it.
The dramatic decline in air pollution during pandemic lockdowns also showed us what the world could look like if we are successful at lowering emissions significantly. Optibus is proud to be working toward zero emissions to nourish sustainable cities. By enabling public transit to be more frequent, more reliable, and more appealing to passengers, Optibus contributes to a reduced need for car usage and reduced congestion and pollution, while making way for more open streets for people, not cars, like those that have flourished in cities around the world over the past year. And by working with public authorities, private operators and partners to electrify bus fleets, Optibus is helping clean the very air we breathe.
Now cities and towns worldwide are recognizing the need for fast, intuitive, advanced technology to improve transit equity, nourish sustainable cities, and connect people with their communities. With over 2.5 billion passenger journeys now powered annually by Optibus in 500 cities, it’s clear that the digital transformation of the public transit industry is well underway.
Technology has the power to improve all aspects of public transportation. We are honored that so many industry leaders have joined us on this journey, and helped make Optibus the gold standard in optimizing public transportation systems around the globe. And we are humbled and delighted to play a role in the exciting evolution of the transportation industry happening right now.
This article was originally published by Optibus.
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