PTV Visum - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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How can I create or visualise fare zones for all stops?

The editor (available under Network -> PuT fare zones) is best suited for making smaller, manual changes. It often does not provide a clear enough overview when it comes making changes to larger networks.

The following AddIns provide alternatives (Scripts-> VisumAddIn -> PuT):
1) Stop -> FareZone:
This AddIn uses a stop attribute to create fare zones from. This attribute may also list several fare zones per stop, separated by a comma.
This can also be a user-defined attribute, with data taken from some external source. You might simply copy the Stop list to Excel via the 'Copy cells' entry in the context menu, add the attribute values coding the stop to fare zone allocations, copy the attribute values and use the entry 'Paste cells' in the list context menu.

2) POI -> FareZone:
(This AddIn requires POI categories.)
Using this AddIn, you can create fare zones based on already available geographic objects and at the same time link stops to your newly created zones. In Visum, the limitations of fare zones are defined via polygons. The AddIn requires that a POI with a polygon is created for each fare zone and that the polygon includes all stops linked to the fare zone. These polygons could, e.g., be created by importing a shape file containing these fare zones. But even if polygons are drawn manually, they save time compared to linking stops to each fare zone in the Visum fare zone dialog.
3) FareZone -> POI:
Do you want to look at things the other way around? Using this AddIn, you can visualize the geographic expansion of fare zones. In Visum, fare zones have a number of stops, but there is no polygon to define their boundaries. This AddIn creates a POI with a polygon for each fare zone, including all of the zone's stops.

To get more detailed information on any of the AddIn functions, simply click the 'Help' button in the respective AddIn.