Intercity Overnight Routing – Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot Using the Route4Me Web Platform

When you want to send one driver on the route that starts in one city and ends in another city, this driver will have to make an overnight break somewhere in the middle of the route. This will help the driver to comply with the local work schedule regulations and avoid getting fatigued. For example, you may have a refrigerator truck that needs to deliver goods in two different cities, you may run a mobile medical business that provides laboratory services and X-ray imaging and you need your vehicle with specialized equipment to travel around the state, etc. Depending on the particular needs of your business or unique business model, Route4Me’s dynamic routing software will allow you to plan optimized overnight routes where the assigned driver will be able to make an overnight break after visiting all stops in one city, complete the remainder of the scheduled route the following day, and then travel back to the depot from where the route started (in the first city).

 

To plan two routes with an overnight break and a single depot, first, you need to prepare two route data spreadsheets:

  • Day-1 Route Spreadsheet: The Day-1 route spreadsheet must start from the same depot where the Day-2 route will end, contain the Day-1 route addresses, and end at the same address where the Day-2 route will start (overnight break).
  • Day-2 Route Spreadsheet: The Day-2 route spreadsheet must start from the same address where the Day-1 route ends (overnight break), contain the Day-2 route addresses, and end at the depot where the Day-1 route starts.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

To plan the Day-1 route, go to “Plan New Route” from the navigation menu and then select one of the preferred route data import methods: Interactive Map EditorCopy-and-PasteUpload a File, or Import Data.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

After that, go to the “Schedule” tab to set up the schedule for the Day-1 route. For the route’s stops to inherit the Service Time defined in the imported route data spreadsheet, leave the “Service Time per stop (HH:MM)” field empty.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

After setting up the route’s schedule:

  1. Go to the “Optimization” tab;
  2. Select the “Single Driver Route” optimization type for the system to plan and optimize a single route;
  3. Select the “End route at last address” route-end option. When you select the “End route at last address” route-end option, the final destination on the planned route with match the last address from the imported spreadsheet.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

Next, import the Day-1 route spreadsheet that must start from the same depot where the Day-2 route will end, contain the Day-1 route addresses, and end at the same address where the Day-2 route will start (overnight break). NOTE: Make sure that the location where the driver will stay overnight has the appropriate Service Time (i.e., 10 hours, etc.). To learn more about Route4Me’s spreadsheet requirements, visit this page.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

After that, specify the rest of the route’s parameters to your preference, make sure that all addresses are geocoded with high confidence, and check that column titles match the imported data.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

Once the Day-1 route is planned, it must start from the same depot where the Day-2 route will end, contain the Day-1 route addresses, and end at the same address where the Day-2 route will start (overnight break).

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

To plan the Day-2 route, first, go to “Plan New Route” from the navigation menu and then select one of the preferred route data import methods: Interactive Map EditorCopy-and-PasteUpload a File, or Import Data.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

Next, go to the “Schedule” tab and schedule the Day-2 route for the same time when the Day-1 route ends. To check when the Day-1 route ends, click on the last (overnight) stop on this route and then check the Departure Time from the last (end) stop. For the route’s stops to inherit the Service Time defined in the imported route data spreadsheet, leave the “Service Time per stop (HH:MM)” field empty.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

After setting up the schedule of the Day-2 route:

  1. Go to the “Optimization” tab;
  2. Select the “Single Driver Route” optimization type for the system to plan and optimize a single route;
  3. Select the “End route at last address” route-end option. When you select the “End route at last address” route-end option, the final destination on the planned route with match the last address from the imported spreadsheet.

 

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

Next, import the Day-2 route spreadsheet that must start from the same address where the Day-1 route ends (overnight break), contain the Day-2 route addresses, and end at the depot where the Day-1 route starts.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

After that, specify the rest of the route’s parameters to your preference, make sure that all addresses are geocoded with high confidence, and check that column titles match the imported data.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

On the Day-2 route, the assigned driver must:

  1. Start the Day-2 route from the same address where the Day-1 route ended (overnight break address);
  2. Visit all Day-2 addresses;
  3. Travel to the depot address where the Day-1 route started.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

Once the Day-1 and Day-2 routes are planned, the assigned driver must start from the depot where the Day-1 route starts and Day-2 route will end, visit all Day-1 stops, and travel to the address where the Day-1 route ends (overnight stop). The next day, the assigned driver must start the Day-2 route from the same address where the Day-1 route ended, visit all Day-2 stops, and travel to the depot address where the Day-1 route started. NOTE: After planning the Day-1 and Day-2 routes, make sure that you assign the same driver and the same vehicle to both routes.

InterCity Overnight Routing - Planning and Optimizing Overnight Routes with a Single Depot on the Route4Me Web Platform

 

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