Nearby stops can be grouped together into stations, allowing them to act as a collective by the Trip Planner.
Stations free users from knowing which exact stops are used by routes at a particular time of day. The most common use case is where the AM and PM stops for a location differ slightly, perhaps being on opposite sides of the street.
Stations impact how stops are selected and routes generated by the Trip Planner, but the individual stop's address and photos are used when showing plan results. This means the user will know the specific details of where the vehicle will pickup or drop off, even if they don't need to know the specific stop address or name when requesting a plan.
There are two types of stations:
Stops in a distinct station are far enough apart to be listed separately in the "From" and "To" suggestion boxes, but the Trip Planner will consider any of the members to be equivalent when searching for routes. The benefit to the user is that they may select a stop that is only used in the AM for an afternoon trip and still get a plan.
eg: 17th & Wisconsin and 17th & Wisconsin PM are listed independently, users can view and select either stop from the menu option, but are grouped/"buddied" on the back end, generating like results.
Stops in a station that coalesces names are similar to a distinct station, except the addresses are so similar that it is not necessary to list them separately in the "From" and "To" suggestion boxes. In this case only the stop address of the station parent is used. (See below)
eg: 18th & Church, selected as the Coalesced Parent Stop, and 18th and Church PM will only be listed in the pull down as 18th & Church, but will display results accordingly based on To/From and the inverse.
- To make a Stop a parent stop, select either Distinct or Coalesced from the pull down, the Member of Group pulldown must be set to "- None -". Parent Stops can not be part of a station themselves, see rule 2 below.
- All children stops should be marked as a Normal Stop with the appropriate Parent Stop selected in the "Member of Group" pulldown.
- Rule 1 : If a parent stop is changed to “Normal Stop” but has children, the update is rejected.
- Rule 2 : A parent stop cannot have a parent of its own. In other words there are no “groups of groups”.