[Tagging] tagging bus stops served by more than one public transportation agency

Richard Mann richard.mann.westoxford at googlemail.com
Fri Jul 30 10:14:58 BST 2010

Ed - the proper way to do bus routes is using relations. The operator
tag should be on the relation, and should only have one value. This is
how we deal with geolocations being part of multiple geographical

If you want to add route_ref tags to the bus stops, then just make a
single list, as per the wiki. That tag does no harm, but most
downstream tools use the relations.

The reason there wasn't much discussion on the transit list is because
this approach is established; there isn't much to discuss. The only
debate is between Potlatch users (who tend to put both directions in
one relation, because Potlatch's editing of relations is a
work-in-progress) and JOSM users (who tend to create separate
relations for each direction, and neatly order the members). Basically
the downstream tools have to cope with bidirectional unordered
relations for the moment.

See http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Relation for getting started on relations


On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 2:22 AM, Ed Hillsman <ehillsman at tampabay.rr.com> wrote:
> operator=HART;USF

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