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

Jo winfixit at gmail.com
Tue Jul 30 09:46:24 UTC 2019

By the way, I don't think the 'schism' of some people/countries mapping the
stops as nodes of/on the highway and others nodes/ways next to the highway
comes from an import in Switzerland. I think it came from habits in mapping
of railway infrastructure. At one point, we had a single way for multiple
tracks, then we added more detail. Back then it made sense to have station
nodes on those ways. But that is more like a model and it doesn't represent
reality very well, once you want to start adding more detail, like the
separate platforms in the stations.


On Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 11:41 AM Jo <winfixit at gmail.com> wrote:

> duplicating information across multiple objects.
> I found that what works best is to have nodes on the side of the road to
> represent the stops. These nodes have positional information and can carry
> all the tags for the details.
> If there is an actual elevated platform, it can be represented by a way or
> an area, but I don't see any need to move the details tags from the node to
> that area. Nor do I see a need to move them to a shelter area, if there is
> one, or to a bench or a waste basket that has the typical colours of the
> operator. For these ways / areas highway=platform / railway = platform is
> enough. Additional tags can be wheelchair yes, tactile_paving=yes and maybe
> height.
> The platfrorms are just additional features that may be there, or not.
> When I still had the idea that one day public_transport=platform /
> stop_position would actually supersede highway=bus_stop / railway=tram_stop
> / station and so on, I started adding bus = yes to the pt=platform nodes.
> Now I see less point into continuing to do so. The only advantage it has,
> is that JOSM will automatcially assign platform roles to such nodes.
> Nowadays, I'd say let's indeed drop the whole public_transport schema.
> Somewhat radical, but a simple schema is better than a complex one.
> Polyglot
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