Major transit system in Canada

Delivering public transportation services in Edmonton, Canada’s fifth-largest city, ETS’s main aim in using HASTUS-MinBus was to help fulfil its commitment to improve peak service to suburban growth areas and alleviate critical overload situations on specific routes.

 

How did HASTUS help?

Using MinBus, ETS was able to balance trips and buses among all garages and reduce vehicle requirements during peak periods.

The efficiency gains allowed the redeployment of capital assets to bring about service improvements – without additional capital expenditure.


About Edmonton Transit System

  • 80 million rides per year

  • 4 garages spread throughout the city

  • 700 regular and articulated buses

  • Light rail system

  • Services 200 regular routes and 200 special/school routes

Stats:

49

Buses saved

7%

Entire fleet reduction

$27M

Total savings in capital costs

Highlights:

Historical vehicle-scheduling method

  • Vehicle assignments were typically done separately by garage, based on historical allocations of routes to each garage

  • Since they did not view the city as a whole network, the interlining possibilities were limited

Objective: all-inclusive overview

  • Resulting savings would be applied to meet future transit demands 

  • Focus on reducing total bus hours and number of vehicles required at peak time, while maintaining a defined level of service

Efficiently control the use of garages and vehicle groups

  • Balance trips and vehicles among multiple garages

  • Minimize the required number of vehicles

Review of the deadhead matrix over the entire network to ensure that it explores all vehicle-blocking opportunities

  • Generated additional interlining possibilities for increased savings

Better service-curve balance between garages creates a more equitable work environment

  • Operator duties are more similar among garages and an increased number of straight duties is possible

49 buses saved, representing 7% of its entire fleet, for total value of around $27 million

  • Resulted from MinBus’s automated vehicle-scheduling processes

  • By considering the whole network as a single unit, MinBus significantly increased blocking efficiency
The MinBus module enables HASTUS to look at the whole city as a single unit, increasing the blocking efficiency, in Edmonton’s case, by 7%.

Ray LaBrie, Scheduler,
Edmonton Transit System

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