7th July 2021 – Cardiff Bus has reduced its driver costs through the adoption of the new CrewPLAN – the system designed to automate the production of efficient crew schedules – from leading operational transport software supplier, Omnibus.
CrewPLAN uses a powerful algorithm to make crew scheduling more efficient, while enhanced functionality enables users to tackle large and complex problems instantly and explore alternative scenarios to discover which works best – saving both time and money.
Cardiff Bus has been able to take advantage of the updated CrewPLAN features which allow the user to be highly specific about the results they want to achieve. Constraints can now be included to specify the types and average length of duties within set parameters, giving much more flexibility. There is also an enhanced penalty feature to minimise undesirable features, such as changeovers during peak times.
Nigel Tarrant, Commercial Manager for Cardiff Bus, comments: “We weren’t getting the results we were looking for and driver agreements can be quite complex which can make scheduling particularly challenging. With the new powerful capability developed in the latest version of CrewPLAN, this now gives us the flexibility and ease to play around with different scheduling scenarios and get the results we want very quickly and save on costs.”
He continued “We have really been able to explore its capabilities and the multi-run feature in particular is excellent at maximising the efficiency of duties and paid hours. The speed we receive results in is more efficient and certainly saves the scheduling team a vast amount of time.”
Peter Crichton, Managing Director at Omnibus, comments: “Our software solutions are built from the ground up with a real deep understanding of the issues facing schedulers and the complexities in planning and managing resources in public transport.
“We continually listen to our customers and develop scheduling solutions which improve operational efficiency and profitability, as well as driver compliance remaining front and centre.”
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