Information Technology - Hastus Upgrade
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The purpose of this project is to upgrade to Hastus Version 2022 (or later) to ensure bus and rail scheduling utilizes the advanced scheduling tools Hastus provides to provide 24/7 transit service to CTA riders. This scheduling software utilizes customized rules based on CTA's union rules and also current transit industry trends. Target October 2022 to have hardware in place and start software upgrade project. The current Hastus contract with vendor GIRO requires CTA to begin the update project in Oct 2022 by providing a notice to proceed order in Q4 2022. Delays may result in change orders by the vendor. The CTA uses Hastus software to optimize the efficiency of bus and rail vehicle and crew schedules. Hastus software has been the agency’s exclusive transit scheduling tool since 1999 and CTA has been upgrading its Hastus version every 4-5 years to keep up with the industry trends and improved practices. Hastus is used for bus schedule changes four times annually, and for rail schedule changes, twice annually. In addition, Hastus is used to generate supplemental schedules associated with school trips and special events. Hastus provides critical interfaces for CTA’s operations, bidding - TOPS
system, Customer Timetables, Clever works and on other budget functions for external stakeholders. Over the course of the 20 years with Hastus, CTA has made significant investments in customizations with each new version and intends to upgrade to the latest version in 2022 to take advantages of the better algorithms and industry trends available at that time.