Omnibus is helping First Bus to provide seamless and compliant timetable data for the Bus Open Data Service (BODS).

Earlier this year Omnibus launched a new module that provides BODS compliant TransXChange files ready for uploading to the Department for Transport BODS portal by the 31 December deadline.

The BODS module has been designed by Omnibus, for our customers to utilise, enabling them to simply select timetables and produce compliant data with minimal effort.

Omnibus is providing First Bus with this innovative new software to enable the Schedulers to draw the data from the Omnibus suite of products in a way that is familiar to them. Omnibus has and continues to provide help and training to ensure First Bus will be BODS ready for the deadline at the end of this year.

Michael Meilton, BODS Project Leader for Omnibus, comments: “We are working closely with all our customers to ensure that they are BODS ready. 

“We are ensuring that they are aware of the need for the TransXChange to be in a specific BODS format, and not getting caught out by thinking that their existing exports fit the bill, as unfortunately they won’t.

“Our developers have worked wonders in creating software that ensures the data can be exported in a compliant format, with minimal impact on schedulers’ workloads.”

John Birtwistle, Head of Policy for First Bus, commented: “The work that Omnibus has done has simplified the process. The software does its job perfectly. We have been able to compile our BODS data seamlessly,  enabling us to meet the DFT deadline efficiently for customers.”

About Omnibus

Omnibus provides passenger transport software – to timetable, schedule, staff, record, manage and publicise services around the world saving customers time and money.

Designed to be flexible enough to meet with a client’s unique demands, Omnibus software is employed by some of the world’s largest passenger transport organisations and some of the smallest too.

The extensive range of software is designed for public transport operators, Local Authorities or executives, and encompasses timetabling, scheduling and operational requirements.

The core products available are robust and proven in use all over the world. These are augmented by more specialised modules which enable users to get the most value from the Omnibus solutions.

Omnibus provides the full service: from conception and design, through scheduling and publication, to management and operation.