Automated Business Solutions Announces the Release of the PtMS for Windows Paratransit Software System with Advanced Automated Scheduling Features

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PtMS for Windows brings very advanced paratransit automated scheduling tools to users at a price that is affordable for small to medium size agencies and private companies. Users can easily take trip requests, geocode new addresses and schedule trips using on demand scheduling or batch scheduling tools. Reporting and billing features can accomodate contract billing and reporting, Medicaid electronic billing, third party insurance billing and private pay billing.

Automated Business Solutions (http://www.abs-pa.com), a paratransit software firm specializing in affordable automated paratransit scheduling technology (PtMS for Windows) announces the release of PtMS for Windows with Advanced Automated Scheduling features.

“The current version of PtMS for Windows brings very advanced paratransit automated scheduling tools to users at a price that is affordable for small to medium size agencies and private companies,” says Stephen Pellegrini, president of Automated Business Solutions.

“Schedulers and order takers can use the PtMS automated scheduling engine to assign trips to the best available vehicle while taking trips requests, or batch sets of unassigned trips to the best available vehicle. The software is extremely easy to use and has tunable scheduling features. Users can adjust the scheduler to blend efficiency and on-time performance in way that meets their local needs,” says Pellegrini.

Fast Action Scheduling (http://www.screencast.com/users/TSA-FL/folders/Default/media/83e7fa4c-f827-41df-9da9-f403bf80caf9) is the PtMS for Windows feature that allows users to rapidly schedule a trip or set of trips for a client on an optimal vehicle(s). The user can initiate Fast Action Scheduling as part of their order taking process or when they review their schedule in browse mode.

A single click initiates the Fast Action Scheduling process which only takes a few seconds, providing the user with a selection box listing the vehicle choice for each trip, and the adjusted times for inserting the trip into the vehicle's schedule. The user can click and view the selection as a trial, click and assign it to the schedule, or select a vehicle and evaluate it as a vehicle choice using.

This last option is especially useful in instances where the scheduler knows what vehicle they would like to assign to the trip, but are not sure the trip will fit into the vehicle's schedule. In a few seconds Fast Action Scheduling will evaluate the vehicle choice, return a summary evaluation (excellent, good, fair, poor) and return adjusted pickup and drop-off times for inserting the trip into the vehicle's schedule. With a single click the trip is inserted into the vehicle's schedule.

PtMS for Windows also has automated Batch Scheduling features (http://www.screencast.com/users/StephenPellegriniABS/folders/BatchSchedulingDemo/media/29c2ea7d-90f2-4147-8f8f-a2d9c5ff6adf). Batch Scheduling allows schedulers to select all unscheduled or sets of unscheduled trips with a few clicks of the mouse and assign them to the best available vehicle in seconds.

"We think PtMS Batch Scheduling will change the way transportation managers think about scheduling" says ABS president Steve Pellegrini. "Schedulers will be able to complete their schedules for the next day in a fraction of the time. PtMS Batch Scheduling will turn average schedulers into great schedulers," says Pellegrini. "Its so easy to use, a scheduler can learn the product in one lesson".

ABS recently added Schedule Optimization to the PtMS automated scheduling system (http://www.screencast.com/users/TSA-FL/folders/Default/media/25ecd836-899e-4819-9d28-482e8d85cae5). Schedule Optimization allows users to rapidly review their demand trip vehicle assignments before finalizing a schedule for the next service day. Standing order trips are not changed in this review procedure since they are generally considered to be “optimal”. By reviewing all the demand trip assignments the scheduler can determine if improvements in vehicle efficiency (reduced vehicle travel miles) or better on-time performance is possible.

Schedule Optimization can be performed in minutes. If improvements are possible, the scheduler can update the schedule with the revised vehicle assignments with a few clicks of the mouse.

PtMS for Windows also includes a Group Trip Scheduling module for repetitive group trips such as shoppers trips (http://www.abs-pa.com/demos/online/ptmsforwindows/grouptrips/grouptrips.htm).

For a guided tour of PtMS for Windows features go to http://www.abs-pa.com/kbarticles.aspx?articleid=56.

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