[Tagging] New Tag "Departures" voting results.

Leif Rasmussen 354lbr at gmail.com
Fri Mar 1 23:02:02 UTC 2019

Hi everyone,
The proposal for the tag "departures" has finished, and has a final vote of
* 12 "Approve"
* 22 "Reject"
* 3 Comments without vote
* 1 "Degree of incredulity" at the proposal
. . . meaning that the proposal was rejected.

Overall, the main idea voters expressed was that connecting with GTFS and
others would be advantageous over adding the data to OpenStreetMap in the
form of tags, as it would allow data consumers to just download the data
from the original source, making storing the timetables directly in
OpenStreetMap unnecessary.  People living in regions without public GTFS
feeds expressed concerns about cases where OpenStreetMap would be the only
public source of timetable data, however.
Many people agreed on the contrary that the data would still make sense on
ferry routes, which are more essential to car navigation, and usually have
simpler schedules.

It seems like the best way forward now is for a proposal allowing
OpenStreetMap data to be tightly integrated with outside sources (such as
GTFS) to be created by someone.  This would avoid the issues of
maintainability in OpenStreetMap.

Also, if anyone is interested, I can create a new proposal for adding
departures times to ferry routes only, and not to bus / train routes.  This
would be easier to maintain, and as far as I am aware, no GTFS exists for

Thank you to everyone who participated in the voting and discussion of this
Leif Rasmussen
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