OC Transpo undertakes major HASTUS expansion

OC Transpo
Montréal, QC,  –

OC Transpo has contracted with GIRO to undertake a major expansion and upgrade of its HASTUS software installation. A GIRO client since 1989, the public transport operator for Ottawa, Canada’s capital, has several previous HASTUS upgrades under its belt, but this is its most far-reaching.

OC Transpo will add a range of planning and operations modules and upgrade its HASTUS installation to version 2016. In particular, the NetPlan planning module will open up new possibilities for managing the entire network at the service-definition level while balancing service quality and operational costs. The daily operations modules will replace previous in-house solutions, and HASTUS will also interface with a new computer-aided dispatch system.

The project forms part of the Transit Operations Modernization initiative launched by OC Transpo to bring about operational improvements across its network. It follows on from a comprehensive process review that fully documented the organization’s operational processes. The project is to be completed before OC Transpo’s new light rail line, the O-Train Confederation Line, comes into service in 2018.

“Expanding and upgrading our HASTUS installation are key elements of our Transit Operations Modernization initiative, especially as we progress toward the opening of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018,” said Pat Scrimgeour, Assistant General Manager of Customer Systems and Planning with OC Transpo. “Our close collaboration with GIRO will allow us to continue to provide excellent service for our customers, as their travel needs change, and as we adapt the network to take full advantage of the benefits that the Confederation Line will bring.”

GIRO will introduce a wide variety of new functionalities to respond to OC Transpo’s particular requirements. The new technologies will replace former systems and manual analysis processes, providing close integration of ridership-data analysis, service planning, scheduling, work selection, timekeeping and payroll administration, as well as enabling close links to the new computer-aided dispatch software currently in development.

 “We are very proud to work with OC Transpo in achieving its goals of efficiency and excellent service,” said Stefan Gemperli, GIRO’s Director, Public Transit Software, for the Canadian market. “We appreciate the significant vote of confidence in HASTUS that this project represents and we are excited to support OC Transpo’s innovative requirements with our development work and module enhancements.”

About OC Transpo

OC Transpo is the transit agency serving Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Part of the City of Ottawa, OC Transpo's mandate is to deliver safe, reliable, and courteous public transit service at a reasonable cost. The organization is committed to responding to the diverse and changing mobility needs of customers and to new trends and developments in transit, in partnership with the community. The OC Transpo fleet has over 900 buses and six trains serving 340,000 daily customers. In 2018, not only will OC Transpo be operating one of the busiest light rail transit systems in North America, it will also be the first transit agency to convert a bus rapid transit system to light rail transit.

About GIRO

GIRO Inc. makes the HASTUSTM and GeoRouteTM software solutions that are trusted worldwide for planning and managing transport-related operations. Adapted for multiple platforms, including Web-based and mobile, GIRO’s products deploy advanced operations-research optimization techniques and powerful data-management tools. Close ties with leading research institutes and universities ensure that the latest developments are constantly incorporated to provide maximum benefits.

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