[Tagging] Was public_transport=platform intended to always be combined with highway=bus_stop?

Markus selfishseahorse at gmail.com
Fri Aug 2 13:32:15 UTC 2019

On Friday, August 2, 2019, yo paseopor <yopaseopor at gmail.com> wrote:
> The only negative point for public transport v2 scheme was the
> no-deprecation of the old scheme to avoid duplicities (surely was done this
> to don't uncomfort people)
> Salut i transport p├║blic (Health and public_transport)
> yopaseopor

IMHO the main problems are the unnecessary public_transport=stop_position,
which complicates mapping a lot, and the misnamed
public_transport=platform, which means waiting area (and may or may not
have platform), but was intended to also replace railway/highway=platform,
which means a real platform (a raised structure).

I still see these solutions:

1. To rename public_transport=platform into public_transport=stop (or
public_transport=waiting_area) and to abandon
public_transport=stop_position as well as the PTv1 tags. This would have
the advantage that bus, tram and train stations could all be tagged alike,
that tram and bus stops would only need one element even if there is a
platform (because railway/highway=platform + public_transport=stop could be
combined) and that public_transport=stop_area were only needed at stations.
Besides, new transport modes could later be added easily.

2. Same as 1, but public_transport=platform is not renamed (only
public_transport=stop_position and PTv1 tags are abandoned). Advantages:
same as 1; disadvantage: the misnamed public_transport=platform remains.

3. To abandon PTv2 tags, but to stick to PTv2 routes and to map
highway=bus_stop/railway=tram_stop beside the road/rails ("Stockholm
scheme"). Disadvantages: the same that are the advantages of 1.

It were nice if we could (finally) agree on one solution to solve the
current public transport mess. :)


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