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The Data-Driven Bus Operator

The Data-Driven Bus Operator

How big data, AI and machine learning are being used by modern bus operators around the world.

Bus Network Development Strategy for the ‘New Normal’

Bus Network Development Strategy for the ‘New Normal’

How bus operators can react and adapt to the ‘new normal’ using the latest tools and technologies.

The Road to Recovery

The Road to Recovery

Restoring passenger faith in public transport and planning for recovery as lockdowns ease.

The Passenger Satisfaction Playbook

The Passenger Satisfaction Playbook

The most common passenger concerns and what bus operators can do to alleviate them.

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Seven things you can learn from our latest eBook

Seven things you can learn from our latest eBook

Opinion01 October, 2020

Data can bring enormous benefits to bus operators and aid everything from network planning to social distancing and lobbying. Here are the top seven from our eBook.

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We’re hiring! 50 new roles over the next 24 months

We’re hiring! 50 new roles over the next 24 months

News29 September, 2020

CitySwift co-founders Brian O’Rourke and Alan Farrelly announce an expansion of the business – with a new HQ in Galway city and 50 new hires over the next two years.

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The Data-Driven Bus Operator eBook

The Data-Driven Bus Operator eBook

Opinion23 September, 2020

Savvy bus operators are harnessing the power of data like never before – and there’s no going back. The era of the data-driven bus operator has well-and-truly begun.

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Congestion is returning – are we ready?

Congestion is returning – are we ready?

Opinion16 September, 2020

As lockdowns ease, rapid increases in traffic congestion have become a problem that buses can help to solve.

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How data can get bus users safely back to school/work

How data can get bus users safely back to school/work

Opinion28 August, 2020

We speak with bus operators about how they are using data to help passengers plan their journeys and head back to school/work with confidence.

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Seeking opportunity from adversity

Seeking opportunity from adversity

Opinion25 August, 2020

Alex Hornby, Chief Executive of Transdev Blazefield discusses the ways in which they reassured passengers returning to travel.

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NXWM launches AI-driven bus capacity prediction technology

NXWM launches AI-driven bus capacity prediction technology

News18 August, 2020

National Express West Midlands has launched an AI-driven predictive bus capacity checker to help bus users choose the best time to travel, aiding social distancing.

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Bus open data possibilities are endless

Bus open data possibilities are endless

Opinion11 August, 2020

Passengers should be able to access clear, consistent information about bus services. The world will watch how the UK’s Bus Open Data Service develops with interest.

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'Bus has a very bright future indeed'

'Bus has a very bright future indeed'

Opinion06 August, 2020

McGill’s MD Ralph Roberts tells us he's confident that the bus industry has a very bright future, referring to the Coronavirus pandemic as ‘a time of discovery’.

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Meet the graduates

Meet the graduates

Opinion23 July, 2020

CitySwift is growing fast, but we only hire the top 1% of candidates. Let's hear from our most recently recruited graduates.

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Opinion16 July, 2020

The last few months have seen the creativity and tenacity of the bus industry at its best. Let’s look back and see what we’ve achieved during these difficult times.

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Reacting and adapting to the 'new normal'

Reacting and adapting to the 'new normal'

News14 July, 2020

In the 'new normal', bus operators need to respond to rapid and unforeseeable changes in demand at a time when they need to spend every penny as wisely as possible.

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A data-driven recovery for the bus sector

A data-driven recovery for the bus sector

Opinion07 July, 2020

As lockdown restrictions lift, the bus industry must ensure a smooth recovery and a safe return to public transport. Data should be at the heart of the process.

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From Paisley to Riyadh and beyond!

From Paisley to Riyadh and beyond!

Opinion06 July, 2020

On the 50th anniversary of his joining the bus industry, CitySwift board member Robert Montgomery reflects on his career and considers the future of buses.

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Why we’re in the cloud

Why we’re in the cloud

News02 July, 2020

Our CEO, Brian O’Rourke on how CitySwift got started and how other companies might go about creating their own cloud software.

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Cityswift closes €2 million funding round

Cityswift closes €2 million funding round

News24 June, 2020

CitySwift has closed a funding round of €2 million. Here's what it means for our company, our clients and our industry.

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Public transport can and will be the 'natural first choice'

Public transport can and will be the 'natural first choice'

Opinion17 June, 2020

We are in the eye of a brutal and unexpected storm. But that storm will pass and public transport will rise again, reaching its baseline and perhaps going beyond it.

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The most powerful use of big data for buses yet?

The most powerful use of big data for buses yet?

News10 June, 2020

Go North East MD, Martijn Gilbert discusses the innovative When2Travel bus capacity predictor, how it came about and the potential for big data in the bus industry.

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When2Travel harnesses the power of data to reassure bus users

When2Travel harnesses the power of data to reassure bus users

News08 June, 2020

We worked with the Go-Ahead Group to quickly develop and launch an innovative technology tool that provides bus users with dynamic information about bus loads.

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NXWM deploys SwiftMetrics across its network

NXWM deploys SwiftMetrics across its network

News02 June, 2020

National Express West Midlands rolls out SwiftMetrics across its entire bus network to support a data-powered recovery.

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The Road to Recovery eBook

The Road to Recovery eBook

News25 May, 2020

We're pleased to announce a new CitySwift eBook, 'The Road to Recovery' – a guide to predicting and planning for recovery as coronavirus restrictions ease.

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Prioritising 'active travel' must not leave buses behind

Prioritising 'active travel' must not leave buses behind

Opinion14 May, 2020

New guidance for prioritising 'active travel' on road networks should be lauded. But plans should be data-driven and enable a future, enhanced role for buses.

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How a Bluetooth tracing app could get passengers back onto buses

How a Bluetooth tracing app could get passengers back onto buses

Opinion06 May, 2020

Could Bluetooth contact tracing apps be the catalyst to enable public transport to make a swift recovery when restrictions are lifted?

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Thank you to all the bus workers

Thank you to all the bus workers

News05 May, 2020

Today is Bus Workers Support Day. A day to thank all the drivers, mechanics and operational teams that continue to keep our towns and cities moving.

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How COVID-19 changed our machine learning algorithms

How COVID-19 changed our machine learning algorithms

News15 April, 2020

To help bus operators through the pandemic, we have to provide accurate, relevant insights that will aid their decision-making in a constantly-changing environment.

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 Let’s seize the moment

Let’s seize the moment

Opinion02 April, 2020

Bus companies must focus on how to manage the drop in revenue due to coronavirus, how to continue to support local communities – and how to plan for recovery.

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Scheduler of the Year Award 2020: the finalists

Scheduler of the Year Award 2020: the finalists

News04 March, 2020

We received nominations from bus companies large and small, from across the UK. The judges have reviewed all the entries and selected their shortlist.

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Digitally transforming bus journeys

Digitally transforming bus journeys

Opinion25 February, 2020

CitySwift CEO Brian O'Rourke was recently invited to speak at MOVE – Mobility Reimagined. Here's an excerpt from his presentation.

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DevOps for buses

DevOps for buses

Opinion23 January, 2020

Software development and bus ops aren't that different! A bus schedule is like software that runs on buses. Schedulers are developers and passengers are users.

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The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award 2020

The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award 2020

News16 December, 2019

Bus schedulers play a vital role, but rarely get the recognition they deserve. We've teamed up with Passenger Transport to launch a new award for 2020.

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It's time for more bus operators to embrace SaaS and AI

It's time for more bus operators to embrace SaaS and AI

Tips13 December, 2019

How and why bus operators should embrace cloud-native SaaS technology platforms and machine learning.

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What impact does Black Friday have on bus networks?

What impact does Black Friday have on bus networks?

Statistics28 November, 2019

Over the last two years there's been a 12%-20% increase in UK bus passengers on Black Friday. This year, 26% more adults plan to take part. Is your network ready?

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Uber's lost licence is good news for London's bus passengers

Uber's lost licence is good news for London's bus passengers

Opinion26 November, 2019

Uber losing its licence to operate in London may have black cab drivers rubbing their hands with glee, but bus passengers might also have reason to celebrate.

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Powering the smart city revolution

Powering the smart city revolution

News07 November, 2019

Cities worldwide are changing, becoming more connected, more sustainable and more liveable. Discover how Irish innovation is powering the smart city revolution.

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Bus passenger concerns (and what to do about them)

Bus passenger concerns (and what to do about them)

Tips30 October, 2019

The most common bus passenger concerns are value for money, punctuality, frequency and journey times. Here's our advice on how to deal with each of them.

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Feeling the pinch? Apply for local pinch point funding

Feeling the pinch? Apply for local pinch point funding

News14 October, 2019

The UK Government has launched a £150 million local pinch point fund, for local authorities to bid for high-impact schemes to address their congestion pinch points.

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The Passenger Satisfaction Playbook eBook

The Passenger Satisfaction Playbook eBook

News08 October, 2019

We're delighted to announce the publication of the first CitySwift eBook, 'The Passenger Satisfaction Playbook' – a guide to increasing bus passenger loyalty.

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We are now CitySwift

We are now CitySwift

News07 October, 2019

Our platform has a great track record of helping bus companies optimise their schedules, so we decided it was time to optimise our name.

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A 'secret sauce' to transform the bus industry

A 'secret sauce' to transform the bus industry

News30 August, 2019

Delivering enhanced reliability and greater passenger satisfaction at less cost through a better understanding of data opens up a whole new future for urban buses.

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CitySwift is Siliconrepublic's 'Startup of the Week'

CitySwift is Siliconrepublic's 'Startup of the Week'

Press25 March, 2019

Renowned technology website Siliconrepublic has awarded CitySwift its coveted 'Startup of the Week' accolade.

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