[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.

Polyglot

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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