As we slowly begin to emerge from the pandemic, some very interesting trends are starting to present themselves. Specifically, in the world of mobility and public transport, we’re beginning to witness levels of commercial, recreation, and leisure activities not seen since late 2019/early 2020.
What’s important to note is that many of these trends are either on target or growing faster than previously expected, in light of recent COVID variants (such as Omicron). Therefore, what we’re currently dealing with is a situation as we move into the summer of 2022 whereby many public sector planners, engineers, operators, and policymakers are simply trying to make sense of the data. Below is a snapshot from Power BI that highlights the dramatic increase in ridership by average working day over the past four months (January — April 2022).
Asistobe currently works with several global clients in delivering AI-assisted optimization and planning tools for public transport networks. One of which is Klaipeda Public Transport in Klaipeda, Lithuania. The challenge being faced by Klaipeda is understanding real passenger demand, distribution, and behavior in the short term. This will better enable them to replan their schedules, frequency, and match services with consumer preferences.
The current project with Klaipeda Public Transport encompasses three discrete product phases (EXPLORE / OPTIMIZE / PLAN), which address the complete lifecycle of public transport planning and operations. Klaipeda Public Transport will soon be able to leverage the power of OPTIMIZE to not only scan for problems in the network but to now create customized optimization scenarios that allow them to better understand cost, operational, and service quality tradeoffs when defining new parameters for occupancy, frequency, and other strategic KPIs. Below is a preview of the OPTIMIZE module, which is to be launched in late May.
Not only service planners, but operators, executive, engineers, and finance will have their own views and leverage the power of AI & Machine Learning through multimodal data sources to provide a complete picture of the public transport network. In addition, automated prognoses will be offered that give users the ability to not only create customized optimization scenarios, but also run seven-day predictions into the future based upon data from real passenger demand. Keep in mind, this data comes from a variety of sources, and Asistobe’s data science/R&D team currently validates, processes, and cleanses data from: passenger counting systems, ticketing systems, GTFS / NeTEx, GPS, telco, and others. Below is a preview of the prognosis tool, which is to be bundled in the OPTIMIZE module, and to be used by Klaipeda and other clients in better understanding future transport service delivery.
Klaipeda Public Transport along with many other agencies are seeking to better understand the data they have, and how to leverage these insights for actionable results. The specific business case here is to apply these insights gathered over the past three months, present themselves visually and graphically in the Asistobe platform, and serve insights into future plans. As can be seen in the graph below, Klaipeda is trying to manage its fleet, drivers, and capacity as it plans for summertime service. The image depicts how ridership is consistently increasing on average 2% week over week, as we approached Week 20.
The challenge now is to leverage the wealth of data and local knowledge related to this dramatic increase in ridership and better plan and deliver public transport services. Asistobe will be working with Klaipeda Public Transport in the coming weeks and months to analyze and visualize data insights in the Optimize module to enable short term customized cost and operational scenarios, along with automated prognoses based upon data from real passenger demand patterns. We look forward to working with Klaipeda and all our clients in aligning services with the demands of every changing mobility landscape in 2022 and beyond.