Planning & Dispatching

Economical planning with people in mind

Delivering efficient public transit service requires the effective use of resources. The goal is to deploy just the right amount of vehicles to fulfill the scheduled timetable. On the other hand, timetables have to be robust enough to facilitate the service quality aspired. In addition, duty shifts have to be planned by keeping the drivers’ wishes in mind. A great challenge! The challenge is even more complex with the deployment of e-buses with their shorter ranges. 

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We plan 10 times faster! Since we have started using MOBILE-PLAN, we have been able to fine-tune our schedules which has resulted in a 10% increase in on-time performance. The software has also allowed us to plan more efficient work shifts for our drivers while reducing overtime. Our planners’ productivity has also improved. For instance, what used to take two weeks to do manually can now be done in a matter of hours. This allows us more time to fine-tune schedules to improve connections for our passengers.

Vanessa Rauschenberger

Gold Coast Transit Ventura County/California

What INIT can help you achieve

Increase efficiency

  • Optimize timetables, blocks, duties, rosters, staff and vehicle assignments
  • Automate depot management and reduce managing efforts
  • Simplify planning and bidding processes
  • Automate staff deployments
  • Receive bi-directional data exchange

Increase service quality and staff satisfaction

  • Produce robust timetables for greater punctuality
  • Plan duty rosters in accordance with employee preferences
  • Support driver reliefs in the event of delays or dispatching measures
  • Facilitate easier pull outs
  • Build reliable blocks for e-buses using specific parameters

Aside from the need to balance economical goals with service quality and staff satisfaction, there are many parameters to consider for finding the best timetables, blocks, duties, shift schedules or contractors. The integrated planning and dispatching solutions from INIT provide you with the solutions to meet these challenging tasks. Our planning tools consider working rules like legal regulations, union agreements, or arrangements within individual organizations. With planning and dispatching software from INIT, you can align important operational parameters like requested vehicle types, minimum layover times and home depots so you can deliver impeccable service to your passengers.


Planning requires supportive tools to help you increase productivity while keeping your passenger's and driver's needs in mind. MOBILE-PLAN offers a uniquely integrated solution for the creation of timetables, blocks, duties, and data provisioning of your subsequent ITS systems. Several runs with different parameter settings can be started at the same time to present the effects on KPIs and social aspects. Consequently, MOBILE-PLAN allows you to realize a balance between maximum cost savings and employee-friendly duties.

Contract management

In free markets, the need to build reliable schedules for the bidding process of transit services is important. To produce the call for bids, MOBILE-PERDIS allows you to calculate schedules based on realistic blocks that already consider the requirements of duty rostering. As incoming quotes may differ in their contractual parameters, the overall costs can be calculated based on the blocks, and compared conveniently. In turn, the performed service is reported and will be considered like bonus-malus agreements. Therefore your transit services can be cleared based on the provided service quality.

Driver dispatch

Organizing your entire staff’s deployment processes can be challenging. INIT’s personnel assignment system, MOBILE-PERDIS, handles it all – from creating rosters to transferring data for payroll accounting. It automatically tailors duty rosters and shift schedules to your given blocks while considering all of your planning strategies. MOBILE-PERDIS allows you to build more efficient work routines. 

Yard management

Streamlining your vehicle dispatching processes can be much simpler with INIT’s depot management system, MOBILE-DMS. The integrated software allows you to easily assign vehicles to blocks and flexibly manage vehicles within your bus yard. This includes the monitoring of the vehicles, their assignment to service or maintenance schedules, as well as the optimized assignment of parking spots to support more efficient pull-outs.

Technical Highlights

  • Advanced Optimization Core 
  • Integrated optimization of blocks and duties
  • Quick processing of planning runs
  • Intelligent publication tools
  • Integration with the Intermodal Transport Control System
  • Consideration of organizational parameters
  • Integration with e-bus charging system
  • Shift scheduling that considers employee wishes
  • Consideration of legal, organization-specific and union regulations
  • Integrated Depot Management
  • Scheduling and contracting modules for authorities


Knowledge database

Interested in more details or the latest news in the area of planning and dispatching? Check out our knowledge database for further information.


Research report
electromobility in public transport
INIT continues its growth on the French market by taking over LC Consultant’s assets
initplan User Group Meeting 2015 in Regensburg
Project report
Leipzig relies on Depot Management System by initperdis
Project report
Denmark: INIT has been awarded the largest single contract for planning systems
Solution report
AppComm: all duty details managed in one app
Press release
INIT at RNTP 2017

September 2017

INIT Group continues its growth
Solution Report
12 Features for smoother operations
Press release
INIT Processes Virtual Fare Card via Android Pay



Let our experts answer your questions and give you additional information.

Bridgette Holzapfel

Account Manager
INIT Mobility Software Solutions GmbH
757-413-9100 ext. 365

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