Efficient, reliable transit service is heavily dependent on effective transit scheduling. TMD’s full-service scheduling practice utilizes Trapeze™, Optibus™, and HASTUS™ scheduling software to develop accurate, operationally considerate, timetables and to efficiently schedule vehicles and operators, while optimizing costs by incorporating sound operating practices and local work rules. We effectively balance these internal requirements with the needs of transit customers, such as good connectivity between routes to minimize transfer wait times. Our scheduling team brings both expert software skills and, perhaps more importantly, firsthand operating experience and the knowledge necessary for consistent positive outcomes for our clients, especially when addressing complicated contractual provisions and collective bargaining issues. With a commitment to developing the internal scheduling capacity of our clients, TMD’s team also provides on-site and remote training in basic and advanced scheduling techniques, as well as additional staff support when internal staff levels are insufficient or vacant, and/or the workload becomes excessive.
Schedule building, capacity and running time calibration, timed transfer coordination, and schedule optimization.
Software rule/parameter configuration, vehicle blocking (trip linking/hooking), block interlining optimization, depot assignment, non-revenue service (pull/deadhead) analysis (including new depot locations), and crew relief requirements.
Crew Scheduling and Labor Support
Crew scheduling (runcutting), rostering, bid preparation, collective bargaining agreement review, labor negotiation support, and “what if” scenario testing.
On-site or remote training in basic and advanced scheduling techniques.
Best Practice Review
Performance analytics, technology tool optimization, and best practice review.