Due to population growth, the Public Works dept. wants to assign new service routes for trash pickup. They want three service areas with roughly equal numbers of stops for each (about 7300 per area). They all begin at one facility. I'm not sure what's the best way to go about this: 1) apportion stops equally to 3 areas (how? -maybe using the Districting add-in?), then calculate routes, or 2) can I just calculate routes using Network Analyst?
One factor I don't think they're taking into account is that some of the western area, with most of the growth, is significantly farther from the facility they start from than the rest of the stops. Equal numbers of stops would result in much more driving time for that route, so I think it should be divided more along driving time. But that's not the criteria they want.
Thanks for any help.