[Tagging] Unclear meaning of amenity=bus_station

Johnparis okosm at johnfreed.com
Mon Apr 9 11:18:16 UTC 2018

Not quite sure what you mean by "importance lower than railway=halt". A
halt is a place where a train doesn't normally stop unless a would-be rider
hails it. A bus stop that is so minor would certainly not qualify as a bus
station, and I don't think it would fit the definition in the wiki unless
you made a huge stretch. It certainly wouldn't resemble the photo or the
example given in the wiki.

A typical non-intercity bus terminal would be a place (as described in the
wiki) where several local lines converge, providing a transfer point. These
typically have lanes dedicated to bus traffic and multiple platforms
(...stands/wait_areas/dropoff-pickup-points...). They aren't intercity, but
they are of major importance.

In the Paris area, for instance, there is a major intercity terminal at
Metro Gallieni, serving intercity buses. That fits your description of what
you want to limit the tag to.

But Gare Saint-Lazare is a major convergence point for regional and
intracity buses. It fits the description I gave.

I think it should remain as an amenity=bus_station.



On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 1:02 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>

> 2018-04-09 12:55 GMT+02:00 Mateusz Konieczny <matkoniecz at gmail.com>:
>> Currently definition at
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dbus_station
>> is unclear, it fits two cases
>> * intercity bus station (routes between cities, importance comparable
>>   to railway=station)
>> * terminus highway=bus_stop (routes within city terminate and start
>>   here, minor importance, importance lower than railway=halt)
>> while in my experience tag is used only in the first case (what makes
>> sense).
>> Would it be OK to edit wiki and restrict it only to the first meaning?
> Sometimes (maybe not so rare in smaller cities) the 2 usages can be the
> same place.
> Cheers,
> Martin
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