Auto Schedule (Easy Rides Plus)
Selecting Route Parameter Replication allows a user to set a day schedule with the same drivers, vehicles, times and constraints as another day schedule.
This item allows a user to choose between two options: “Avoid Additional Buses In Use” and “Avoid Additional Drive Time”.
(Easy Rides Plus) With the Step Schedule feature, the user can cycle through all of the trips that have yet to be assigned to a route. These are the trips in the pool. A list of all feasible runs is displayed for each ticket, with the “best” runs positioned first. The scheduler also has the ability to undo step scheduling trips.
Before assigning a ticket to a run (route), the scheduler can check the feasibility of the assignment (i.e. check to see if the trip can fit onto the specific run). If not feasible for the run, the reason why is displayed. Also, a list of other runs that are feasible is displayed. The scheduler can assign the ticket to any of the runs by double clicking on that run in the list. Trips can be scheduled in advance, or scheduled on the fly. Changes can be made up through the time of service, including rescheduling trips for buses that suddenly are out of service or adapting if a driver calls in sick for work.
Batch scheduling will automatically assign trips to runs according to parameters established by the scheduler. The Auto Scheduler can be used to optimize the schedule multiple times up to and including the day of service, without violating customer’s half-hour pick-up window (or whatever window of time the transit system chooses)
Easy Rides Plus provides the schedulers with the opportunity to set a variety of service parameters that are then included in the process for auto-scheduling. These parameters fall into three categories: Run (Route) Constraints, Scheduling Parameters, and Trip Ticket Parameters.
Run Constraints are the capacities and limits that are associated with a run. These include the starting time and ending time, breaks and vehicle wheelchair and seating (including jump seat/wheelchair trade-offs). The scheduler may also limit the types of trips that can be assigned to a run. For example the run may be reserved for a particular group of providers, group of funders, or for a set of custom parameters established by the scheduler.
Scheduling parameters are used in the optimization process across all runs. They include dwell time, optimization basis (productivity, travel time), and early and late arrive-slack times.
Trip Ticket Parameters are parameters that are associated with each trip ticket. These include client embark/disembark times. In addition, each trip ticket can be assigned one of four priorities: Pickup, Drop off, both, or none. This priority determines whether a trip must meet within tight limits the Pickup, Drop off, or both scheduled times. A “Group” may be created for several trips (mother/child, bridge club, etc.) and the tickets will be scheduled on the same vehicle.
Select all tickets that were assigned a route by the Auto Scheduler. Useful for movign tickets back to the pool to try different auto scheduler settings.
De-select all selected tickets.