The Station tool lets you place stations on the active layer, which act as origin and destinations within your transport network. The station properties will be determined by its LayerType.
Tip: Stations can be quickly renamed by selecting a station and pressing SHIFT+R
To calculate station-to-station travel times to be calculated, the stations must be connected to the network. In Podaris:Plan, disconnected stations are shown with a warning label. This is not visible in Podaris:Engage.
For mass transit systems such as metros, these should generally be as inline stations; for personal transport systems such as PRT, stations should be offline.
|Disconnected station||Connected in-line station||Connected off-line station|
Complex stations with multiple platforms, or which serve multiple routes, can be created by grouping stations together. This allows each station to be treated as a platform within the larger parent station. Only the parent station will be treated as a destination in the Station Matrix.
To group stations together, use the Select tool to select everything you want to group, then look at the Tool Properties panel, look under the Stations heading, and press the Group button. A new parent station will appear, linking together the platforms on each line. The parent station will be positioned in the weighted center of its child stations, unless it is manually repositioned. (It can then be recentered by selecting it and clicking position automatically).
To ungroup stations, select the parent station and click Ungroup. This will make all child stations independent again. Selecting an individual child station and clicking Ungroup will pull it out of the master group, without otherwise breaking up the group.
Note that parent stations can be grouped together, creating a hierarchy of station platforms.
Caution: Transfer times at stations are currently treated as instantaneous. Transfer and waiting times will be introduced in a future release of Podaris.
By default, stations are rendered with three elements:
- A Dot, showing the location of the station
- A Label, showing the name of the station
- An Accessibility radius, showing a user-defined catchment around the station.
These can be hidden or have their style changed by adjusting the Display Settings.