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TfW and CitySwift pilot to optimise buses

TfW and CitySwift pilot to optimise buses

Partners embark on an AI-driven bus strategy to optimise public transport services in Wales using data and machine learning.   Left to right: Marina Donohoe, Director UK and Northern Europe at Enterprise Ireland, Transport for Wales CEO James Price, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford, Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin and CitySwift COO Alan Farrelly  ...
New autonomous mass transit system launches

New autonomous mass transit system launches

World’s first operational system will open in 2025 at the National Railway Museum in Shildon, but UK-based firm plans global transport revolution   A visualisation of ‘floc®’ technology   A driverless, zero-emission mass transit technology – comprising autonomous electric “pods” capable of traveling on both road and rail – launched this week by UK-start up...
NX and CitySwift start three-year partnership

NX and CitySwift start three-year partnership

Andy Foster explains how CitySwift’s products suite will help National Express West Midlands optimise its network through the Covid recovery   NXWM first tested CitySwift’s platform back in November 2019   National Express West Midlands and data specialist CitySwift have announced a three-year technology partnership to optimise bus routes. Covid recovery presents a daunting and...
‘Big data can show where to put bus lanes’

‘Big data can show where to put bus lanes’

‘Stay at home’ order was a massive experiment on what happens to buses in free-flowing traffic     Data specialist CitySwift claims that its ‘bus data engine’ can provide evidence-based insights that will help local authorities and bus operators identify the best locations for bus priority measures. The government’s National Bus Strategy for England says...
Transport m-ticketing up 200% says UrbanThings

Transport m-ticketing up 200% says UrbanThings

UrbanThings m-ticketing usage rises 200% as Covid-19 creates a catalyst for smart travel   Smart transport platform provider UrbanThings has published a new white paper discussing the future of public transport and smart cities   Smart transport platform provider UrbanThings has reported a 200% rise in bus mobile ticketing use in Q4 of 2020 compared...
myTrip helps smaller bus operators with BODS

myTrip helps smaller bus operators with BODS

Passenger’s app for smaller operators can be used to upload SIRI-VM (AVL) feeds or TransXChange data to BODS   Heat map of myTrip operators AVL data   2020 was a challenging year for the bus industry, with constantly changing operational concerns and new open data regulations introduced in England through the Bus Open Data Service...
HS2 workers to use social distancing technology

HS2 workers to use social distancing technology

Technology profiled on BBC’s The One Show to be introduced across EKFB’s area central route   Helmet-mounted devices accurately monitor how close workers are to each other   A technology start-up that joined the HS2 Covid-19 Innovation Challenge last Spring has secured a major deal to supply work site social distancing technology to one of...
Keolis trials autonomous mobility solution

Keolis trials autonomous mobility solution

Group trials autonomous electric vehicles in the city of Gothenburg     Keolis has launched a trial of autonomous electric vehicles in the city of Gothenburg on behalf of local public transport authority Västtrafik. This service, which is integrated into the regional public transport network, will serve industrial and residential sites for a four and...
Omnibus ahead of the game on open data

Omnibus ahead of the game on open data

Module helps operators submit BDOS data   Transdev Blazefield is using the new system   Omnibus is launching a new module to help clients to provide seamless, compliant timetable data for the Bus Open Data Service (BODS). From its launch in the Autumn, clients will be able to produce TransXChange 2.4 files in accordance with...
TfWLab reveals second cohort

TfWLab reveals second cohort

New batch of talented start-ups for KeolisAmey Wales innovation programme     KeolisAmey Wales, the parent company of Transport for Wales Rail Services and AltLabs have revealed the 11 companies who will take part in the second cohort of the innovative Lab by Transport for Wales (TFWLab) programme. Having been chosen from over 100 entries...
Railcard discounts now on smart card

Railcard discounts now on smart card

Discount Railcards get smart on Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern     Railcards giving discounts of between a third and 50% can now be used on Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern’s “keyGo” pay-as-you-go smartcard service. The innovation completely removes the need to queue or book ahead for most paper or online tickets, which supports social...
Trentbarton's Mango app a 'world first'

Trentbarton’s Mango app a ‘world first’

App offers account-based ticketing on a smartphone     Bus passengers in the East Midlands are pioneering public transport’s digital future with the launch of Trentbarton’s Mango app for smartphones. The operator claims the new Mango app is the world’s most advanced ticketing app for buses. Trentbarton worked with technology provider ACT, a Fujitsu company,...