[Tagging] Busways

Tijmen Stam mailinglists at iivq.net
Wed Nov 2 06:23:00 UTC 2016

In the local Dutch forum there was a discussion on how to tag what I 
call busways*.

a) as highway=service
with access=no and bus=yes (or psv=yes)
e.g. http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/364983960

b) as another highway type, such as highway=unclassified in cities and 
the country, or highway=motorway_link when it is e.g. a highway ramp.
e.g. http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/7391275 and 

There are examples of both in the Netherlands. While the majority of 
busways is tagged as highway=service, there are some people who feel 
very strongly against it.

While I personally prefer the highway=service, the description of 
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dservice> doesn't fit 
it really well: "Generally for access to a building, service station, 
beach, campsite, industrial estate, business park, etc. This is also 
commonly used for access to parking, driveways, and alleys."

However, unclassified (the only other possible highway tag if it's not a 
_link) "doesn't feel right" to me.

Looking at taginfo, the undocumented service=bus has 4462 uses, and is 
in use globally: 
service=busway adds another 1400-ish.

I propose expanding the highway=service to roads that are for one very 
specific, non-general-public use, and the addition of service=bus for 
roads that are dedicated to buses, with an implied access=no and bus=yes 

Any ideas? Suggestions?

Tijmen / IIVQ

* With busways I mean separate roads that are legally (and sometimes by 
use of a bollard or lift gate also practically) only accessible for 
buses. This can be a short connection between two roads, but also a 
mayor stand-alone road netword, e.g. 
<http://www.fransmensonides.nl/foto/tangent04.jpg>. I am _not_ talking 
about bus lanes nor about guided busways.

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