After running multiple routes, you’re probably wondering: Which way should I go? Let’s generate a Comparison Report, which includes a summary of the total mileage, cost estimates, and time estimates for all currently open routes. It helps you clearly see the differences and benefits between your possible routes.

1. To view the Comparison report, either click Comparison Report in the Routes toolbar or press the <F4> key. In this report it’s easy to see the Shortest route covers fewer miles (of course!), but has a longer drive time (decisions, decisions). You may need to scroll the report to the right to see additional cost estimates (Other cost, Labor cost, and Estimated Green House Gas emissions). You can use the check boxes in the first column, labeled Visibility, to control whether each route is drawn on the map.

All cost estimates are calculated using default trip costs that can be customized in the File > Application Settings > Route Costs. Road speeds used in time estimate calculations can also be customized in this dialog.  (Time estimates may also be affected by traffic considerations if the Traffic add-on is licensed and installed.)

2. To see the Comparison report in a printable format, check Show Print Preview in the upper left corner. The tool bar above the printable version allows you to change the font size and layout, zoom in and out, and copy and print the report.

3. Click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Reports window to close this report and continue the Tour. 

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