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

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Sun Apr 14 17:14:27 UTC 2013

Trams are ambiguous, in fact, Portland Transit calls their tram the
Portland Streetcar, and their aerial gondola the OHSU Tram.  Large trams
border into light rail, the streetcar's heavier, faster, longer cousin.
On Apr 14, 2013 8:03 AM, "Rovastar" <rovastar at hotmail.com> 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
> similiar.
> Any thoughts?
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