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Network Analyst - Minimizing Stops

Question asked by chandlerc1 on Dec 30, 2019
Latest reply on Jan 2, 2020 by jsandhu-esristaff

I've created a route for our meter readers who are now reading meters through radio signal. That being said, they don't have to physically stop at each meter, then just need to be within a certain distance. For example, they may be reading a meter in a neighborhood on one street, and can also pick up a reading for a meter on the next street over since they're in such close proximity to each other. Though I've loaded all the meters as waypoints/stops to make sure they all get read, there are situations like this where the crew members don't need to drive down certain streets. Is there an automatic process to cut out those parts of the route? If a meter is in a certain distance of a route, is there a way to mark that meter as "reached" and avoid unnecessary driving past those meters?