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Multiple Routing Options?
bikerjoe
When I plot a route, Microsoft Streets & Trips chooses one route as "quickest" or another route as "Shortest."

It would be great if we had the option to plot both routes, or even more, by selecting the starting and ending points and allowing S&T to simultaneously draw the QUICKEST route using a green line, the SHORTEST route using a yellow line, and maybe a AVOID FREEWAYS route using a red line. When departing, the driver could start on one route, and then choose to divert to an alternate route should (s)he encounter a traffic snarl or some other delay. The navigator would switch to the alternately selected route when the vehicle lands on any point along the line and continue to give directions along the alternate route.
SteveJonesMO
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Originally Posted by bikerjoe
...simultaneously draw the QUICKEST route using a green line, the SHORTEST route using a yellow line, and maybe a AVOID FREEWAYS route using a red line.
Wow, a great suggestion. The third line should follow the "Preferred Road Types" selection.

This would be a great feature, but I suspect they would have added multiple simultaneous route options long ago if the S&T engine could support it without major retooling.
bikerjoe
I think the engine could support it. My MOBILE computer in my tow truck (Shuttle PC) SIMULTANEOUSLY runs S&T, DeLorme, an AT&T broadband USB connection, a webcam and a PalTalk chat room as well as keeping a browser open for quick "4-1-1" address lookups etc, and it also has MS EXCEL running so I can modify the current job invoice, and the printer is hooked up as well. All at the same time, no problems.

I think S&T could easily keep track of three routes and update them as you drive, and switch the NAV mode to whichever route you are following at the moment.

Example: Last night, I was heading home from a tow. I pulled off of the I-15 freeway northbound to stop at a Carl's Jr. The north and southbound on ramps there were closed for construction and the freeway north of that point was narrowed to one lane with cones. I would have loved to look at the screen and see the other two suggested alternatives without having to clear the route and set the next 3 northbound on ramps to "avoid" before successfully routing a way back onto the freeway.

If the "preferred roads" option was set to avoid freeways, and that route was displayed alongside the other two, I could have easily picked it as my alternate route.
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