HASTUS™ software to help improve efficiency and automate bus operations at Halifax Metro Transit

Halifax transit operator to use HASTUS for optimized scheduling and daily operations
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Montreal - Quebec - Canada

Dec. 23, 2009 - PRLog -- GIRO Inc. is pleased to announce that Metro Transit, owned by Halifax Regional Municipality, has purchased the 2009 version of HASTUS software as a sole-source solution for improved overall bus operations. The acquisition is an upgrade from Metro Transit’s previous HASTUS installation and provides new tools for day-to-day operations management, efficient work assignment, and effective resource allocation.

With services expected to grow by more than 30 percent over the next five years, Metro Transit required a reliable and integrated solution enabling them to automate manual processes, streamline administrative operations, and manage increasingly complex payroll activities and collective agreement regulations.

With the opening of Metro Transit’s Ragged Lake Transit Centre (RLTC) scheduled for May 2010, efficiency and accuracy are essential for successful bus and crew resource management across multiple transit centers. Metro Transit will continue to benefit from automated scheduling using the Vehicle, Crew, CrewOpt, Geo, and Bid modules. The newly added Minbus module and Roster Optimize algorithm will help Metro Transit optimize bus schedules and vehicle allocation to ensure cost-effective and efficient routes, schedules, and operator assignment.

The acquisition of the DailyCrew and DailyVehicle modules will help facilitate the management of day-to-day operations including the daily assignment of operator work, which accounts for roughly 30 percent of overall work assignment.

“For nearly 20 years, Metro Transit has benefitted from efficient scheduling and cost savings using the HASTUS scheduling software, and we are eager to broaden our application of the solution with new daily management tools,” said Metro Transit’s Edward Robar, Manager Planning and Development. Erin Flaim, Manager of Service Delivery, added that “HASTUS will enable Metro Transit to continue providing excellent service to our customers and maintain operator satisfaction as our transit operations become more complex.”

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the sole-source transit solution for this long-time customer after years of providing reliable and flexible tools for Metro Transit’s scheduling needs,” said GIRO’s Robert Victor, Account Manager. “We have every confidence that the increased automation and efficiency made possible by our optimization algorithms and new operations capabilities will help Metro Transit to quickly streamline operations across their transit centers,” added Victor.

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About Metro Transit:
Metro Transit is a subsidiary of Halifax Regional Municipality that provides direct transit services to 93,000 passengers daily. In May 2010, the agency will begin operating a new transit centre (the Ragged Lake Transit Centre), which will house an additional 100 buses and will help reduce operational costs and commuter traffic. Metro Transit currently employs 500 operators and will continue hiring new operators and adding 150 new buses to accommodate growing ridership and services.

About GIRO:
GIRO Inc. is a leading provider of software solutions for public transit services including bus, tram, subway, and commuter rail. The company’s HASTUS solution offers comprehensive applications and innovative tools for planning, scheduling, operations, passenger information, and analysis. HASTUS software is installed at hundreds of transit agencies around the world, including Barcelona, Chicago, Hamburg, New York, and Toronto.
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