Geographic Tools

The Geographic Tools provide three related but distinct functions. These functions are the following:

      • Replay: Use to replay a vehicle’s movement on a map and in the data grid.
      • Trigger Boxes: Use to create the trigger areas that define actions that occur when a vehicle enters a specific area.
      • Route Traces: Use to define the path between pairs of consecutive stops in the system.

The functions that you see depend on your access permissions. For example, Customer Service Representatives and Dispatchers might be able to access only Replay. On the other hand, a Planner probably has access to all three functions.

The following features are common to all three major functions.


Use the Schedule drop-down menu to choose between the future schedule and the current schedule. A future schedule contains changes to the current schedule that myAvail will apply on a future date selected by the user. myAvail displays the Schedule drop-down menu only when you are authorized to access Trigger Boxes or Route Traces.

Future is the preferred and default choice. Making changes in the Future schedule allows the user to manage the data in an interim database, to ensure accuracy before deploying the schedule. Typically, you should not select Current because changes to the current schedule are not included when you build the new schedule using the Future schedule.

An exception to this guideline occurs when an error is discovered in the current schedule and you cannot wait until the next Schedule Build & Deploy to correct it. In this scenario, if you need to include the corrections in the future schedule, you must make them in both schedules.

Append and Overwrite

Each time you click Load Data, you must choose either to Append or to Overwrite the data that are currently loaded.

      • Append: Retains the current data and adds the new data. Use this option when you need to extend the time frame or add additional routes to the original data.
      • Overwrite: Clears the current data and starts fresh with new data. Use this option when you are investigating a series of independent issues. This is the default option.

Highlight By

Use Highlight By to determine how myAvail color codes the location indicators on the Replay map. You can choose between the following options:

      • Status: The colors of the location indicators match the operational status of the vehicle (Early, Late, On-Time, …).
      • Comm: Red location indicators identify vehicles that have a Bad Communications status.
      • OffRoute: Red location indicators identify vehicles that are Off Route. myAvail considers a vehicle to be off route when the vehicle has deviated from the route pattern associated with the Trip ID by at least 500 feet (default).

Use the Comm and OffRoute options when you are researching these types of problems specifically.

Map Layers

Use Map Layers to change what myAvail displays in the map area of the Geographic Tools tab. For example, use Map Layers to display intersecting routes or any other route that you specify.

The changes apply to all three functions (Replay, Trigger Boxes, and Route Traces). The map Layers function provides three groups of controls.


Use these toggle switches to hide or display the data that the Replay, Trigger Boxes, and Route Traces features present. Suppose a Planner selects Replay data and Trigger Boxes data for a route to diagnose a problem. The Planner can hide the Replay data without clearing it, which allows verification of a Trigger Box adjustment without reloading the replay data.


This switch toggles between showing only Time Point Stops and showing all stops for the selected routes. Use this feature to reduce screen clutter when displaying specific stop locations is not important to the task at hand.


Use to display a Route Trace that displays the trace and all stops for all patterns. If you choose a pattern in Trigger Boxes, myAvail displays stops for that pattern only. Selecting the route in map layers displays all stops.

Load Data Button

Click this button to load data based on which control is open and your specifications. There is a minimum set of parameters for each function type.

Clear All Button

Click this button to clear all settings and displayed information for all functions. This button returns the entire tab (all sections) to its default state.

Geographic Tools Page Layout

The Geographic Tools page contains three regions:

      • Selection Toolbar
      • Map Region
      • Data Grid

You can modify or hide these regions. However, their relative locations on the screen are fixed.

To change the width of the Selection Bar, position the pointer on the line between the Selection Toolbar and the Map region or Data Grid. When the pointer changes to a double-headed arrow, click and hold the left mouse button. Then, drag either right or left to change the relative widths of these areas.

To change the height of the Map Region/Data Grid, position the pointer on the line between the Map and Data Grid. When the pointer changes to a double-headed arrow, click and hold the left mouse button. Then, drag either up or down to change the relative height of these fields.

To hide the Selection Toolbar, click the small white arrow in the center of the line dividing the Map Region and the Data Grid. Click the same spot again to restore the Selection Toolbar.

How to Change Visible Data Grid

The Map Region displays the data from all three functional areas unless you alter it by using the Map Layers function. The Data Grid displays only one set of data at a time. Click the tabs on the Data Grid to change the data that myAvail displays in the grid.

What Replay Information is Available

You can display the following columns in the replay data grid.

If there is a blue save icon  in the upper right corner of the grid, you have permission to change the columns displayed and to alter the layout of the grid.

If there is a yellow/gold save icon  in the upper right corner of the grid, you have permission to change the default columns displayed and to alter the grid layout for users who do not have permission (the blue icon) to create an individualized layout. 

myAvail Column Name Default - Visible (V)/Not Visible (NV)
Label V
Time V
Server Time NV
Longitude NV
Latitude NV
Vehicle ID NV
Vehicle V
Operator ID V
Operator V
Block V
Run V
Route ID NV
Route V
Trip V
Trip Direction V
Stop V
Stop Name V
Previous Stop NV
Departure Time NV
Distance NV
Stop Report V
Status V
Deviation V
Speed V
Direction V
Onboard V
Boards V
Alights V
Dwell Time V
Alarm State V - shows false as blank
Stationary Status V - Displays Non-Stationary as blank
Stationary Duration V
Off Route V - Displays On Route as a blank
Operational Status V
Comms Status V
GPS Status V - Displays GOOD GPS as a blank
Alert - Title as “Vehicle Health” NV - When made visible displays -1 as a blank
Odometer NV
MDT Flags NV
Headway Status NV
Scheduled Headway NV
Actual Headway NV
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