[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Public Transport v3

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 10 19:38:07 UTC 2020

On Tue, 10 Mar 2020 at 19:20, Richard <ricoz.osm at gmail.com> wrote:

> Is the route "defined"?


I would think the operator only defines stops and schedules

Timetables rarely show all of the stops on an urban route. You have to
out the times for stops not listed on the timetable by interpolation.  I
did query
an operator about a new route and received a map defining it.  For urban
(and probably other routes) it is NOT down to the driver to decide which
he or she wants to take between official stops.

> . Most of the time busses and trains tend follow a nearly fixed
> route but may deviate from it anytime if there is a reason.

There can be departures from the route because of diversions (such as for
road works or festivals) or floods or whatever.  Those are the times when
passengers who are unaware of the diversion start to worry and ask each
other (and eventually the driver) what is happening.  They do not happen
arbitrarily because, say, the driver is a bit bored with the usual route and
wants to liven it up,

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