[Tagging] Public Transport Timetables

Leif Rasmussen 354lbr at gmail.com
Sat Nov 3 15:24:37 UTC 2018

I think that having a timetable relation for each stop is less complicated
than having one per route.  There are several advantages to this:
1) People can easily add a single relation at a time, rather than having to
do the entire line at one time.  This could make it much easier to, for
example, have a StreetComplete quest asking "What are the arrival times of
bus X at this bus stop?"  iD could also have a field at bus stops with
"arrivals for each parent bus route" that would allow people to seamlessly
create timetable relations.  It also makes more features possible in the
future, such as additional tags to each timetable.
2) The system is easier for newbies to learn to use.

The disadvantage is that there are now a ton of relations per bus / train /
subway route.  Creating these could made easier by a new JOSM plugin.
Also, if someone wanted to delete all timetable relations that are part of
a route, they could simply use this overpass query to download the data
into JOSM and then delete all of the timetable relations:

If people really prefer a single timetable relation for each route, then I
will go with that.

Why not have a "delay"="<amount of time between arrival and departure at
this platform>" tag instead of separate arrivals/departures tags?

Leif Rasmussen
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