The long-distance bus services normally operate between distant urban areas in order to connect towns with remote and disconnected rural areas. Countries in which bus services are most widely used for long distance journeys tend to be those that used to have, or still have, poor railway infrastructures. However, times are changing and some European countries with extremely developed railway networks, for example, France, are developing their long-distance bus services.


The Macron law in France, which will see the liberalisation of bus transport (until now subject to extremely complex and strict laws), has led to fierce competition between the various bus companies striving to become the leading bus transport service. Companies specialising in international coach services to Europe, such as Eurolines or IDBUS which belongs to the SNCF (National Railway Network in France), are already getting ready to enter the national market along with other smaller companies such as Megabus or Transdev.

When the time comes, companies wanting to move up in the ranking will have to find the best way of optimizing their services in terms planning, managing timetables and driver’s hours, among others. Therefore transport optimization is essential for long-distance bus companies, given that any errors as a result of lack of planning are likely to have serious consequences. It would not be the first time a long-distance bus transport company loses recognition, or even money, through lack of optimization in relation to staff organisation and route planning.

The GoalBus®LD software for long-distance buses offers a whole host of benefits that prevent incidents of this sort, since optimization brings with it significantly improved driver productivity as well as that of other groups. This will enable any long-distance bus transport company to optimise the number of drivers required and other groups subject to shifts thanks to the software for long-distance buses. This means a greater number of improved services can be delivered while maintaining the number of resources.

Furthermore, users tend to give priority to trains because they believe it is the most efficient and punctual means of transport, therefore greater emphasis should be placed on providing passengers with a better experience so they choose buses instead of trains. This software would improve this service, by ensuring the fulfilment of the established commercial timetables and enabling any situation to be addressed more efficiently.

In addition, GoalBus®LD guarantees compliance with agreements, since this optimization system enables social costs to be included in planning; work can be distributed evenly; it includes various negotiating tools; and manages to maximise revenue while minimising the costs of the service, while always guaranteeing the same quality.

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