Transit agencies delve into HASTUS technology at GIRO User Group Down Under

Public transportation agencies in Asia-Pacific introduced to 2011 version of renowned HASTUS software at successful GIRO User Group in Melbourne, Australia
Dec. 7, 2010 - PRLog -- This year’s HASTUS User Group for the Asia-Pacific region was held in Melbourne, Australia. More than 40 participants from transit agencies in Australia and Singapore convened for the two-day event for an education on the latest features and product enhancements available in HASTUS 2011. Attendees also heard real-world HASTUS success stories from fellow agencies that have achieved noteworthy results using the software.

GIRO organized multiple group sessions running in parallel to ensure targeted and highly detailed presentations of specific technologies and applications. The new format was very well received, as it allowed participants – who included IT managers, transportation planners, project directors, senior schedulers, consultants, and others – to get the most out of sessions that addressed their specific interests, responsibilities, and level of interaction with the software.

Guest presentations
Host transit agency Yarra Trams gave the opening presentation, providing an overall snapshot of the company, which operates the largest tramway network in the world. Current challenges were discussed, as well as achievements such as improved punctuality and future preparations for ensuring reliable, accessible tram services for its growing ridership. In a second presentation, Yarra Trams discussed scheduling in a fixed-rail system and how the agency uses HASTUS-ATP to analyze trip times and passenger travel trends to continue improving efficiency and service down the line.

Transportation Management & Design (TMD), a company specializing in operational analysis and scheduling services, gave a presentation on transit scheduling observations, comparing the practices and work rules in Australia to those of US transit agencies. Among the issues examined were HASTUS-supported scheduling approaches and operator work rules commonly used in each region. The presenters concluded that adopting new approaches for certain tasks would result in major cost reductions for both Australian and US transit systems.

Another presentation of particular interest to attendees was that by Phillip Boyle & Associates, which highlighted real-world cases of HASTUS-NetPlan studies at transit agencies in Brisbane and Melbourne: both clients significantly improved line connectivity and reduced the number of vehicles required to provide effective service. The presentation was punctuated by a statement to the effect that NetPlan is a vital tool for timetable design and that not using it is equivalent to getting the job only half done.

GIRO extends its thanks to each of the presenters and to all attendees for participating in the event. We are pleased to see continued growing interest in the Australia-Asia User Group each year and look forward to hosting the next event. For more information about upcoming User Groups or the HASTUS solution, please visit our website or contact us at

Client comments
“The scheduling sessions were most applicable and beneficial... I hope that future sessions will continue in the same format.”
Melissa Peart, Senior Scheduler – TMD

“The GIRO team was fantastic and knowledgeable.”
Stuart Johns, Manager - Network Planning & Infrastructure
Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads – Passenger Transport Division
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