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'Bus has a very bright future indeed'
As bus operators continue to adapt, Ralph is confident that the bus industry has a very bright future ahead referring to the recent pandemic as ‘a time of discovery’.
Meet the graduates
CitySwift is growing fast, but we only hire the top 1% of candidates. Let's hear from our most recently recruited graduates.
Reasons to be cheerful
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.
Reacting and adapting to the 'new normal'
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.
A data-driven recovery for the bus sector
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.
From Paisley to Riyadh and beyond!
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.
Why we’re in the cloud
Our CEO, Brian O’Rourke on how CitySwift got started and how other companies might go about creating their own cloud software.
Cityswift closes €2 million funding round
CitySwift has closed a funding round of €2 million. Here's what it means for our company, our clients and our industry.
Public transport can and will be the 'natural first choice'
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.
The most powerful use of big data for buses yet?
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.
When2Travel harnesses the power of data to reassure bus users
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.
NXWM deploys SwiftMetrics across its network
National Express West Midlands rolls out SwiftMetrics across its entire bus network to support a data-powered recovery.
The Road to Recovery eBook
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.
Prioritising 'active travel' must not leave buses behind
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.
How a Bluetooth tracing app could get passengers back onto buses
Could Bluetooth contact tracing apps be the catalyst to enable public transport to make a swift recovery when restrictions are lifted?
Thank you to all the bus workers
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.
How COVID-19 changed our machine learning algorithms
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.
Let’s seize the moment
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.
Scheduler of the Year Award 2020: the finalists
We received nominations from bus companies large and small, from across the UK. The judges have reviewed all the entries and selected their shortlist.
Digitally transforming bus journeys
CitySwift CEO Brian O'Rourke was recently invited to speak at MOVE – Mobility Reimagined. Here's an excerpt from his presentation.
DevOps for buses
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.
The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award 2020
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.
It's time for more bus operators to embrace SaaS and AI
How and why bus operators should embrace cloud-native SaaS technology platforms and machine learning.
What impact does Black Friday have on bus networks?
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?
Uber's lost licence is good news for London's bus passengers
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.
Powering the smart city revolution
Cities worldwide are changing, becoming more connected, more sustainable and more liveable. Discover how Irish innovation is powering the smart city revolution.
Bus passenger concerns (and what to do about them)
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.
Feeling the pinch? Apply for local pinch point funding
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.
The Passenger Satisfaction Playbook eBook
We're delighted to announce the publication of the first CitySwift eBook, 'The Passenger Satisfaction Playbook' – a guide to increasing bus passenger loyalty.
We are now CitySwift
Our platform has a great track record of helping bus companies optimise their schedules, so we decided it was time to optimise our name.
A 'secret sauce' to transform the bus industry
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.
CitySwift is Siliconrepublic's 'Startup of the Week'
Renowned technology website Siliconrepublic has awarded CitySwift its coveted 'Startup of the Week' accolade.