[Tagging] Fwd: exit_to on motorway_junction

Johan C osmned at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 21:48:36 GMT 2012

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From: Nathan Edgars II <neroute2 at gmail.com>
Date: 2012/11/20
Subject: Re: [Tagging] exit_to on motorway_junction
Cc: Johan C <osmned at gmail.com>

On 11/20/2012 3:43 PM, Johan C wrote:

> JOSM supports exit_to. JOSM doesn't support destination.
> Following the text by Martin I updated
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/**wiki/Tag:highway%3Dmotorway_**
> junction#Destinations<http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dmotorway_junction#Destinations>
> .
> I indeed think it's a good idear to be clear in the communication of any
> (to be) deprecated tag.
> Most exit_to's seem to be used in the US. I checked upon a
> motorway_junction in the US (New York) where I noticed that the name=*
> of the motorway_junction had been replaced by exit_to=* with the same
> value. The US does not seem to use the name=* on the motorway_junction.
> Two questions on that:
> 1. does the tag exit_to=* on a motorway_junction in your opinion have
> the same meaning as the tag name=* on that motorway_junction?
> 2. if your answer to the first question is no, than what is the difference?

exit_to is what's on the sign. name is a name given to the interchange,
which doesn't usually exist in the U.S. A few examples where it does exist
(mainly on toll roads):

name=Willow Grove
exit_to=PA 611; Doylestown; Jenkintown

exit_to=SR 32 to US 20; Palmer; Amherst

I know there was a discussion somewhere about replacing name with exit_to,
but I don't remember where. Thus the wheel is being reinvented for no
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