SYSTRA and VISEO teams engaged on LXRA with Digital tools
20 July 2020

SYSTRA and VISEO teams engaged on LXRA with Digital tools

SYSTRA and VISEO have been engaged by MTIA LXRA to develop a digital planning decision platform that will enable the dynamic calculation of the optimal replacement bus services.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) sits within MTIA, a government Agency responsible for funding and executing the removal of 75 rail level crossings across the entire Melbourne network. The works are scheduled up to 2025 and will improve rail and road safety for the entire community. During this time, a significant number of rail occupations are required during the year to enable these disruptive works, and to allow bus replacement services to be run in lieu of train services.

SYSTRA and VISEO have been engaged by LXRA to develop a digital planning decision platform that will enable the dynamic calculation of the optimal replacement bus services and the associated operational Key Performance Indicators essential to managing rail service disruption plans (e.g. anticipated disrupted passengers, real-time adjusted travel times, and number of buses required).

“Developing this tool with our partner VISEO is very exciting,” says Alan Trestour, General Manager Advisory ANZ – SYSTRA Scott Lister Pty Ltd. “Our solution is using a proven Geographic Information System (GIS) based-planning platform developed by SYSTRA and VISEO. It incorporates forecasting, live and historical data such as the GPS bus locations from in-vehicle tracking devices, the origin-destination travel forecasts, or the estimated Google travel times. This tool will definitely be key in helping optimise disruption plans through bus replacement operations.”

The solution will be accessible via a specially designed user-friendly web-interface and be used ultimately by Metro Trains Melbourne’s (MTM) disruption planning team to support their shutdown operations. The product is intended to reduce time and resources for occupations planning supporting decision making with real-time data supported by algorithms.

“Running replacement bus services during rail occupations requires collaboration and data. Thanks to the willingness of our client to unite internal stakeholders and bring collaboration to the process, our teams from VISEO and SYSTRA will work together to break barriers, translate large amounts of quality data to design and develop intelligent interfaces to make the decision platform the most efficient user-friendly tool. We look forward to delivering this fantastic product!” says Pierre-Francois VIEAU – Managing Director - VISEO Australia Pty Ltd.

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