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The science of scheduling

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In the article ‘The science of scheduling’ in Australasian Bus and Coach, the foremost magazine for bus and coach operators in Australasia, CEO Phillip Boyle explains how operators are missing out on efficiencies – and therefore profit.

By under-resourcing scheduling and relying too heavily on timetabling software, operators can fail to deliver high-quality timetables and minimise their operating costs.

Phillip was interviewed in the lead up to the 2014 Australasia Bus and Coach Conference on the Gold Coast, where he was due to present a plenary session on driving business performance through optimised scheduling.

Download the BusNews article here.

Happy 10th anniversary

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary. Established in 2004 by director Phillip Boyle, our consultancy has expanded, in just 10 years, to include specialist planners and affiliates and has undertaken 150 projects for over 30 clients in eight different countries.

We are proud that:

  • Every day, thousands of people travel on services that run smoothly and efficiently on timetables we have developed.
  • Our optimised schedules and rosters have made our clients’ operations more efficient and have delivered them significant costs savings.
  • We have supported a wide range of clients in over 20 projects to prepare cost-effective and competitive bids and to win contracts.
  • As an evaluator, we have assisted governments to evaluate bids to ensure that the contract is awarded to the best candidate.
  • We have successfully managed the mobilisation of public transport for important major events such as the Athens Olympics and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
  • We have provided our clients with timely, high-quality and comprehensive data using our sophisticated data collection and analysis tools to help them improve service delivery.

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Knowles Tivendale joins Phillip Boyle & Associates

Well-known throughout the industry for his innovative approaches to transport planning projects, Knowles brings to our team an in-depth knowledge of strategic land-use and transportation policy and planning. He shares our passion for developing integrated, highly efficient and sustainable public transport solutions.

His areas of expertise include planning for major activity centres and growth areas and developing strategies for pedestrian, public transport and car parking uses.

Knowles is the current national chairperson of the Planning Institute of Australia’s Transport Planning Chapter and sat on the US Transportation Research Board’s Transport and Land Development Committee from 2010–2013.

Makkah Mass Rail Transit Operational Planning

Makkah Mass Rail transit Company (MMRTC) – Bus Network Development

Phillip Boyle & Associates is working with MMRTC to develop a comprehensive bus network for the Holy City of Makkah. The network, to eventually comprise 800 buses, will initially operate across twelve BRT and local services.

Operation of public transport in Makkah presents a number of unique challenges.

  • General congestion
  • Road network difficulties
  • Extreme operating conditions during the Haaj
  • Changing peaks related to daily prayer time variations
  • Major impacts of different times of year, such as the Ramadan period

These challenges are amplified when attempting to introduce an entirely new network.

The initial tasks completed by Phillip Boyle & Associates included:

  • Advice regarding network development
  • Development of estimated running times
  • Creation of draft timetables
  • Creation of initial scheduling solutions
  • Production of detailed operating information for RFP inclusion
  • General contracting advice and review/writing of RFP sections

Beyond the initial RFP stage Phillip Boyle & Associates support MMRTC to work with the successful bidder across a range of implementation tasks. We will also assist MMRTC to establish strong in-house operational planning capabilities.