[Tagging] Bus rapid transit: service=bus vs service=busway vs no service tag

Agustin Rissoli aguztinqui at gmail.com
Thu Mar 28 01:46:38 UTC 2019

Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2019 07:29:30 -0300
From: Fernando Trebien <fernando.trebien at gmail.com>
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Subject: [Tagging] Bus rapid transit: service=bus vs service=busway vs
        no service tag
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I find it strange to use highway=service without being able to add a
service=* to specify the type of service way, but that's how most BRTs
[1] are currently mapped, for example, TransJakarta, Bogota's
TransMilenio, and the Metrobus systems of Mexicy City and Buenos

I've seen service=busway applied to the ways of some BRTs [1], such as
in Los Angeles' Orange Line and Nantes' Line 4, and its usage has been
growing slowly, but it is not documented. On the other hand,
service=bus is much more common, but the wiki discourages its use [2]
since 2017, although I could not find any discussion supporting this
change. It seems service=bus was used to compensate for "issues with a
routing engine" [2], but no other applications seem to support this
value, and maybe those app-related issues no longer exist.

As of 2019, what do you think is the ideal/correct way of mapping
these bus corridors? Should service=* be avoided on them? Should
service=busway be documented? Should service=bus be replaced with


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_rapid_transit
[2] Currently, the warning message is not displayed on mobile
browsers: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:service%3Dbus

Fernando Trebien


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In the wiki of bus lanes say:
For dedicated, separate bus tracks, use highway
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dservice>, access
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:access%3Dno>, psv
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:psv%3Ddesignated> (or psv
I think it's correct
I usually use bus=designated in my area since taxis are not allowed, I also
add emergency=yes
Saludos, Agustín.
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