[gis_info] cheap routing software?

percy percyd at pdx.edu
Mon Dec 8 15:18:15 PST 2008

PGRouting is an open source solution that many web developers use. It  
runs within PostGIS, which is an extension to Postgresql, an extremely  
stable and widely used "enterprise class", opensource,  
object-relational DBMS.

As a geologist, I have not had the need to do any routing :-)

However, I hear *really good things* about PGRouting!

Quoting Heather Kandoll <hkandoll at centurytel.net>:

> I work in Vancouver, WA for a public transportation company. Our   
> operations department just called me wanting to know if I knew of a   
> good cheap routing software. They want it for quick demos of   
> possible reroutes.
> They have software called INIT which actually monitors the current   
> GPS location of every bus in our fleet and knows if it is on time or  
>  not. However, there are sometimes we have to do a detour, like for  
> a  parade or sewer project, and so they need to be able to put in  
> new  way points and have it find distance and how long it should  
> take  based on speed limits. This software doesn't do that.
> I tried to demo GoogleMaps for them, and ititally, the test went   
> pretty well. It's easy to use, and it's free. But then they had me   
> do a reroute in downtown Portland for our express buses, and Google   
> refused to do what we wanted. It kept defaulting back to Broadway   
> (arterial street), and we really wanted to run though the bus mall   
> on 5th.
> So, what they are looking for is something to load on a laptop and   
> be able to do on the fly during a meeting.
> Thank you,
> Heather Kandoll
> C-TRAN GIS Analyst
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David Percy
Geospatial Data Mannager
Geology Department
Portland State University

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