Routes

A route is a group of trips and patterns that are displayed to riders as a single service

route panel

Routes in Podaris map 1-to-1 with rows found in the routes.txt of a GTFS feed. Examples of routes maybe a bus route like the 243, or it could be a metro route such as the Central Line.

A route is defined by three things:

  • Settings - such as mode which determines which vehicles and what infrastructure it can use, and properties for display like its name, colour, and description.
  • Patterns - these determine the different routing paths and stopping patterns of the route. Simple routes may only have one pattern, whereas more complex routes may have multiple to represent express services or different branches.
  • Trips - a trip combines a pattern with a vehicle, calendar, and desired service level in order to calculate timetables and frequencies. 

Creating a new route

  1. Click add icon on the services panel to create a new route.
  2. Select the desired transport mode
  3. Your new route will be created and added to a list of routes in the Services panel, allowing you to add patterns and trips.

Editing route settings

route settings

In the settings tab, you can specify a variety of attributes for your route, such as the colour of the route:

route settings

Route history

Routes have their own revision history, on which updates to your patterns, trips and route settings can be viewed and rolled back.

Route History

Filtering routes

Routes can be filtered according to Type, Mode or Agency. In order to show or hide a route, click the corresponding visibility toggle button. Hiding a route also removes it from any calculations and journey planning.

Route filtering

In order to understand how routes function within service scheduling, you can follow the tutorial on creating scheduled services.