PTV Lines

The public transit tool with all the scope and none of the complexity

PTV Lines supports your workflow in the creative process of public transit service planning. Our platform helps you achieve high-quality public transit supply at a minimum cost. PTV Lines is the ideal place to sketch your ideas, try out different scenarios, and receive instant feedback on operational costs. Work collaboratively with your colleagues on projects and share your findings with other stakeholders. You can also export your best ideas to your operational systems and use them in PTV Visum for further analysis. PTV Lines is an easy-to-use web-based platform hosted in the EU.

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How does PTV Lines work?

As a service planner, you receive inquiries from different sources such as operations, marketing, or citizens regarding issues with the current network and timetable design. These may include overcrowding, unstable transfer connections, or construction sites that need to be addressed in a timely manner, such as within days, weeks, or before the next season's timetable is released.

PTV Lines provides a fully digitalized workflow for network design and timetable planning. With PTV Lines, you can create, duplicate, and compare different scenarios. You can import the current supply via standard interfaces and sketch your ideas on a routable map. GIS data can be easily incorporated to support detours or extensions of line routes. The stop sequence is updated instantly to reflect changes in run time and distance.

Why you should work with PTV Lines

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Reliable decisions based on facts

Understand the concrete effects of infrastructure changes before making decisions

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Increase transparency through collaboration

Design public transit services together as a team and share results with stakeholders

Accelerate productivity and reduce errors

Sketch ideas quickly with a powerful and intuitive tool, streamline your workflow and boost productivity

Use case

Network design

Suppose you come across a construction site on your public transport route. With PTV Lines, you can easily reroute your line. Simply select the affected line on the map, upload the roadworks layer, and visualize it. Highlight the section that needs to be rerouted and choose whether to follow existing public transit lines or the road network. You may also need to adjust the running and dwell time of the automatically detected and calculated stop sequences.

Use Case

Time table adjustments

To improve connections, increase ridership, or prevent overcrowding, timetable adjustments may be necessary. With PTV Lines, creating trips is made easy by defining the headway for specific time spans within user-defined valid days. This allows for easy variation of services, for instance, on weekdays and weekends. The timetable and network design have a significant impact on the operational costs of your service. For every improvement made, instant feedback on the cost savings is provided. Export the best ideas or share them with colleagues to collaborate on making the best improvements to your service.

Key Features in Beta Version

Service planning & evaluation

  • Upload your PT supply data in different formats or start from scratch.
  • Create and compare numerous scenarios.
  • See operation costs and public transit service KPIs immediately while changing your public transit service.
  • Export of public transport supply scenarios in different formats e.g. GTFS

Simple, powerful editing

  • Create lines, line routes, and stop points.
  • Model different transit systems in your public transit supply scenario
  • Add or modify your line routes on the map, along the existing public transit network, streets, or as straight lines.
  • Benefit from automatic stop detection and stop sequence generation, which calculates distance and travel time of the lines.
  • Change the schedule and frequencies with few clicks.
  • Undo all your changes.

Background data

  • Upload own spatial background data like population or points of interests
  • Visualize your data as a layer in addition to  your public transit service on the map and consider any changes based on it

Collaborative working

  • Invite other people and assign them different roles and rights
  • Design your public transit service collaboratively with others and share results with stakeholders

Intuitive usability without training

  • Start to work without expert knowledge in transit planning software or extensive training

Web-based cloud application, no installation or updates required

  • Work in your web browser on any computer or laptop without installation
  • Always work with the latest release including up-to-date features

What you can expect from upcoming releases

We are continuously expanding the scope of functionalities of PTV Lines. These features are on the roadmap:

  • Reachability to workplaces, schools, and any user’s background data within the catchment area of stops and lines.
  • Accessibility analysis (Isochrones)
  • Demand Analysis

Licenses & Plans


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Region size (km2)

unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited

Population of region

unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited

Number of lines in the network per scenario

<50 <100 <500 <2,000

Number of stops in the network per scenario

<500 <1,000 <5,000 <100,000

Number of scenarios

100 100 100 100

Number of users

2 5 10 20

Customer support

Full Full Full Full


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