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PTV Lines

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

PTV Lines supports your workflow in the creative process of public transport service planning. Our platform helps you achieve high-quality public transport 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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Simple and intuitive

Optimize your line planning easily, even without knowledge of complex public transport software

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Make reliable decisions

Understand the concrete effects of infrastructure changes before making decisions

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Increase transparency through collaboration

Design public transport 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

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No installation necessary

Work from anywhere: PTV Lines is cloud-based, easily scalable and self-updating

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Guaranteed data security

Rely on our IT security: PTV Lines is hosted in the EU and meets the highest security requirements

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 transport 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.

Use Case

Scenario comparison

Discover the power of instant comparison at your fingertips! With just a few clicks, explore multiple variants of your network, timetable adjustments, and new service time windows. PTV Lines showcases the differentiators of each modification on your service indicators and empowers you with valuable information and analytics to shape your public transport system for optimal results.

Use Case

Catchment area

PTV Lines helps you to optimize your public transport service planning. The catchment areas present acceptable distance to your public transport stop and therefore are often included in your planning to estimate the potential number of travellers. Identify relevant zones with and without service and adjust your service, if needed.

Use Case

Accessibility Analysis

Accessibility analysis is a powerful tool for planners, to assess how mobility measures enable people to travel to various destinations. By using accessibility analysis, planners get deep understanding of what works, and what are the barriers to better connectivity.

Key Features

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 transport service KPIs immediately while changing your public transport 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 transport systems in your public transport supply scenario
  • Add or modify your line routes on the map, along the existing public transport 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 transport 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 transport service collaboratively with others and share results with stakeholders

Intuitive usability without training

  • Start to work without expert knowledge in transport 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


Accessibility is a mobility indicator of the possibilities and limitations for people to move from A to B. With PTV Lines you get deep understanding of how good people can reach places of employment and education, parks or other destinations with public transit.

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

What you can expect from upcoming releases

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

  • Demand Analysis

Licenses & Plans


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Region size (km2)

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Population of region

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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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Why SaaS?

PTV Lines SaaS is a cutting-edge technology that will completely transform your line planning in public transport. Embrace the simplicity, flexibility, and security that our cloud-based solution offers:

  • Accessible via the Internet, PTV Lines SaaS provides the agility needed to quickly respond to evolving demands in transit planning without the hassle of infrastructure management. 
  • The digitalized planning process with PTV Lines SaaS accelerates productivity, reduces errors, and fosters collaboration across teams and different stakeholders to reach the right decisions.
  • PTV Lines cloud-solution seamlessly integrates regular updates and enhancements, providing access to the latest features and robust security measures. 

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