[Tagging] Relations in Transport for London: network and operator

Kieron Thwaites kieron.thwaites at gmail.com
Thu Jul 14 10:53:07 UTC 2016

On 14 July 2016 at 12:24, Bjoern Hassler <bjohas+mw at gmail.com> wrote:
> (1) both "line" and "tube" are in use to designate lines (e.g.
> "Piccaddilly;Bakerloo"). Only one of them tends to be filled. I assume this
> should all be "line"?

I'd actually tag this as the name=* of the route_master relation.
Open to hearing better suggestions though.

> (2) Also, I assume the ";" as a separator is correct? I.e.
> Piccaddilly;Bakerloo rather than Piccaddilly,Bakerloo ?

Oh boy, we're going to start that flame war again... but yes, ':' is correct.

> (3) I've also noticed "station=subway" vs. "subway=yes". Any thoughts on
> that?

Yes, it's two different tagging schemes.  "station=subway" belongs to
the legacy station mapping scheme, while "subway=yes" belongs to the
more detailed (and more complex) public transport schema, and is (or
should be!) found together with a public_transport=stop_position tag.
Note that both tagging schemes can coexist, so having both tagged is
acceptable.  I recommend though that, for consistency reasons, you
pick one (the newer public transport schema is, in my opinion, the
better option) and stick with it.

I recommend that you read through the public transport schema
if you haven't already -- I think it will answer a lot of your


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