The effective operation of public transport requires perfect organization and planning. At this point, vehicle-driver scheduling and timetable are of great importance.
Developed with the aim of creating end-to-end solutions and optimization scenarios in public transport, Cermoni increases the efficiency of public transport by facilitating and optimizing vehicle-driver assignment and timetable planning processes. Cermoni uses advanced algorithms and analysis methods to perform vehicle and timetable scheduling processes effectively and efficiently.
In this article, we will talk about the importance of vehicle-driver assignment and timetable scheduling processes, how they reached the optimum level, and the success story we achieved with our algorithms.
What is Vehicle and Driver Scheduling?
Organizations providing public transportation services need transportation vehicles such as buses, subways, trams and minibuses operating on certain routes. Vehicle and driver assignment is the process of planning which lines and hours these vehicles will operate. This planning aims to provide optimal level of service on a route, efficient use of vehicles and reducing operating costs. Although it seems like an easy process, traditional methods can offer complex and low-efficiency solutions.
What is Timetable Scheduling?
Timetable planning is the process of creating a fair and sustainable schedule for passengers that balances the costs and revenues of public transport services. This is done taking into account factors such as different routes, travel frequencies, distance and density. The correct planning of the timetable ensures the sustainability of transportation services and encourages individuals to give up their private vehicles by making public transportation more attractive.
So Why is Vehicle-Driver Scheduling and Schedule Planning Important?
An accurate vehicle and driver assignment plan ensures that vehicles operate on the right lines and times to best meet passenger needs. Thus, problems such as overcrowding or unnecessary empty capacity are avoided. Efficiency and service quality increase.
Vehicle and driver assignment scheduling helps public transport operators effectively manage factors such as fuel, maintenance and personnel costs. Thanks to the correct assignment, it is ensured that the vehicles make less empty kilometers and do not work inefficiently. Reducing costs and correct use of resources is ensured.
With effective vehicle and driver assignment, less traffic congestion and less air pollution can be achieved. At the same time, environmental impacts can be reduced by reducing the use of private cars as public transport becomes more attractive. Thus, the use of public transport has a positive effect on protecting the environment and reducing traffic density.
Thanks to timetable scheduling, transportation services become more equitable and accessible. It contributes to reducing social inequalities by providing affordable options for people living in economically disadvantaged areas. Thus, accessibility and accessibility is achieved.
Success Story: Timetable Optimization is Possible in Minutes with Cermoni!
Cermoni performs vehicle and timetable scheduling processes in a fast, accurate and optimized way thanks to its high performance computing (HPC) technology. In this context, METU, EUROCC and TRUBA Parabol has achieved an important success story.
In the public transport scheduling optimization processes, optimal timetable generation times have been reduced and the efficiency in the planning processes of the operators has been increased with the high-performance computing technology in the TRUBA environment.
This work, which provides plus in the solution processes of complex optimization algorithms, enables the preparation of optimized schedules of bus lines in a very short time and facilitates implementation processes. It also supports a great deal.
For details on the study: https://www.eurocc-access.eu/success-story-timetable-optimization-in-public-transport/
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