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.
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.
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.
We are excited to be working with the Makkah Mass Rail Transit Company in Saudi Arabia to develop a greenfield BRT and local bus network. The network of an initial 300 buses (expanding to 800 over five years) will serve the entire population of Makkah and will integrate with the city’s new metro system.
We are also supporting the government to plan and manage the Request for Proposal for the operations contractor, and will be on the evaluation panel.
This has capped off two other interesting international projects we have been recently working on. In Singapore we have undertaken a review of the current operational planning approach of SMRT, a major multimodal transport operator. Our proposed range of measures to improve operational efficiency will help prepare SMRT’s network of 1000 buses for potential future contestability.
In Hong Kong, we have brought our scheduling expertise to develop innovative approaches to maximising labour efficiency for routes within KMB’s extensive bus operations.