[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - More Consistency in Railway Tagging

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Sun Apr 14 13:23:30 UTC 2013

Just a thought. Is the word tram widely understood in the US? 
That could be a reason, the closest to street car found is light rail maybe.
Phil (trigpoint)
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On 14/04/2013 14:02 Rovastar wrote:

Now I started looking at trams and lightrail I see more of a need of
consistent standards.

They seem to be used interchangeably in San Fran and in Portland which was
quoted a good example in the US most (nearly all) of what I would call tram
lines are tagged light_rail with some tagged as trams lines spurring off and
joining them at them at some points. 

Does anyone know of a reason for this? Are they generally and/or technically
considered "trams" or "Light Rail" in the states?

Now there is no wiki defination at all of railway=light_rail. The more I
look the more I realise how bad we are as a community for documentation.

I consider light rail to be a mini railway and not on roads on tracks
whereas trams in generally go on streets. I imagine wikipedia will say

Any thoughts?


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