Don’t Make These Routing Errors

Posted on December 1, 2001
John Fahey, assistant superintendent at Buffalo (N.Y.) City School District, discusses the most common mistakes made during the routing process. Letting the computer determine the route. I have noticed a tendency for our routers to let the automated routing program select the route. The program uses its built-in logic to select the quickest, shortest route to get from point A to point B. However, this route may not be the best way to drive a 35-foot, 10-ton vehicle. I instruct my routers to use the computer-selected route as a starting point only. I am relying on their knowledge of the streets to modify the computer-selected routes to create safer routes and stops. Loose routing patterns. You want to make sure that your routing patterns are tight and efficient. Right turns after a drop-off. Routing the bus to make a right turn immediately after a right side drop-off creates the possibility of a child being run over by the rear wheels as the bus makes its turn. The bus should always be routed to go the extra block to make a right turn. Unnecessary crossovers. Sometimes crossovers are unavoidable, but there are many instances when they could be avoided with a bit of forethought on the part of the router.
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