Network Analyst:  Use NA for School Bus Routing

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07-08-2010 04:55 AM
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Looking for anyone who uses NA for School bus routing.  Either using NA or doing in-house customization with NA.  Also, if anyone using ArcLogistcs for School bus routing.
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Clancy
Washoe County School District
Reno NV
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Hi Clancy,

Just wanted to make sure you knew about the whitepaper 'School Bus Routing - Using ESRI Tools to Address the Problems' at http://www.esri.com/library/whitepapers/pdfs/k12-school-bus-routing.pdf
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Hi Ray,

Yes, I have it and I'm using.  Just want to get a feel of what others may be doing.
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Clancy
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Clancy,
   In addition to the tools described in the white paper that Ray mentioned, you can try these free tools. They can be useful in some applications related to school bust routing.

  1. Determine Optimum Allocation Tool: This tool will help you to allocate students to schools considering school capacity. While the Closest Facility solver in network analyst assigns students to the closest schools, it does not consider school capacity. This tool does consider school capacity and can be used for redistricting applications


  2. Partitioning Tools: These set of tools can be used in locating bus stops. For example, if you have student locations with total number of students at each location, then the tools can be used to create groups such that particular capacity is not exceeded. This is useful to figure out the number of bus stops needed for a certain number of students.


Hope this helps
Deelesh Mandloi
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