CMPS Stops 03

Adding Stops with the Stop Button

A different method to Add Stops during route building with Compass involves the use of the New Stop window. To do so:

  • Click the Stops tab (1) first to operate the Stops Management tool.

  • Click the New button (2). The New Stop window appears.

    Identically to what happens when creating a New Stop in the Map, the New Stop window shows a Pick Up and a Drop Off menu under separate tabs. Remember that every Stop needs to be associated to Pick Up and Drop Off information, since Students need to be Picked Up and Dropped Off at different locations, generally their residence and the School.


To School

If you want to create an AM Pick Up Stop at a particular address (going to School in the morning), you need to start by selecting Stop Address (not School) in the Pick Up dialog. However, notice that Stop Address is shown by default when creating a Stop.

In the Pick Up tab:

  • Make sure Stop address is selected and input Stop Address details.

  • Disclose the associated coordinates (Geocoding) with the Coordinates Tool. To learn about this topic, read the Geocoding section.

Below:

  • Enter Pick Up Time Window limits.
  • If required, you can manually enter the number of Riders and Students using Wheel Chairs, Safe Vests or Seat Belts. This information is updated and shown in the corresponding text boxes if new Students with such requirements are assigned to the Stop.
  • Input Load Time in minutes.
  • Select Curb Specifications and Type of Delay (hard or soft Time Window).

  • Select Aide, AC requirements or other available Specialties if necessary.

  • Enter Maximum Ride Time in minutes.

  • Type in any required Notes.

NOTE: Number of Riders

Remember that, if no Students have been assigned to the Stop, the number of riders in the corresponding text box must be 0. Otherwise, a warning message will pop-up and the information won’t be saved.

In the Drop Off tab:

  • Select School.
  • Below, select the School in the provided drop-down menu.

  • Select the Bell Time from the available drop-down menu.

Below:

  • Enter the Drop Off Time Window limits in the corresponding text boxes.

  • Enter expected Unload Time.

  • Select Aide, AC requirements or other available Specialties if necessary.

  • Select Curb Specifications and Delay type (usually hard Time Window).

  • Type in any required Notes.

  • At the bottom of the window Click OK to save the New Stop.


From School

If you want to create a PM Drop Off Stop (generally at the Student’s address) the method will follow opposite Steps:

Within the Pick Up dialog:

  • Select School.
  • Below, select the School in the provided drop-down.
  • Select the Bell Time from the available drop-down menu.

Below

  • Enter Pick Up Time Window limits.

  • You can enter the number of Riders and Students using Wheel Chairs, Safe Vests or Seat Belts. This information is updated and shown in the corresponding text boxes if new Students with such requirements are assigned to the Stop.

  • Enter Load Time in minutes.
  • Select Curb Specifications.
  • Select type of Delay (usually hard Time Window).
  • Select Aide and AC requirements if necessary.
  • Input Maximum Ride Time in minutes.
  • Type in any required Notes.

NOTE: Number of Riders

Remember that, if no Students have been assigned to the Stop, the number of riders in the corresponding text box must be 0. Otherwise, a warning message will pop-up and the information won’t be saved.

Within the Drop Off tab:

  • Select Stop Address.
  • Input Stop Address details.
  • Disclose the associated coordinates (Geocoding). To learn more about this topic, read the Geocoding section.

Below:

  • Input Drop Off Time Window limits.

  • Enter Unload Time in minutes.

  • Select Curb Specifications.

  • Select type of Delay (usually soft Time Window).

  • Type in any required Notes.

  • Click OK to save the newly created Stop.

When you create a new Stop, the New Stop window displays an address with its associated geographic coordinates (X and Y values). However, sometimes an actual address at that specific location might not exist in the database. This often happens because it takes some time to update the map’s information after recent developments. In that case, the system might be able to geolocate the address and assign coordinates to it (Geocoding), but the current street layout wouldn’t be displayed.

If you want to review this concept, click and read the Geocoding section.


Creating Stops for Returning Runs: Mirroring

If you have completed AM Stops, you can always use the Create Mirror Tool to create PM Stops so that Students can be picked up at School and returned to their residences following reverse Runs. Mirroring is a quick way to turn AM Stops into PM Stops, specially when multiple Stops need to be included in the process.
To learn about Mirroring, read the tutorial Mirroring Stops.


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