[Talk-transit] Proposed Feature - RFC - Public Transport

Dominik Mahrer (Teddy) teddy at teddy.ch
Fri Dec 10 15:31:50 GMT 2010

Think of a terminal bus station somewhere in the center of a city. Four 
bus lines end here. One platform of 50m. The four lines stop always at 
the same position (line 1 is first,..., line 4 is last). Only one pole 
for all buses. Where do you place your tags? Or how do you tell where to 
wait for bus number 4? At the pole that is 40m away from the stop position?

It is up to you to use a new schema, or not if you dislike.

I usually do not map already mapped routes/stations again, so I do not 
have to drop an original node. But when I map a new station I map stop 
position AND platform.

On 10.12.2010 14:51, Richard Mann wrote:
> Dominik/Teddy
> Please could you explain what situation do highway=bus_stop /
> highway=platform / railway=platform not cover already, that requires
> public_transport=platform to be added to the list? If you're not
> intending to deprecate, then you're just adding complexity.

highway=platform is for buses/nonrail
railway=platform is for train/tam/rail
What should be used if there are buses and trams at the same station?

I do not plan to replace existing tags with 
highway/railway=public_transport, but I will tag unmapped platforms with 
public_transport=platform. If so this can be done with a bot.

highway=bus_stop is used different. Sometimes as stop position, more 
often as platform/pole. See 
The meaning of how highway=bus_stop should be used differ. It can not be 
replaced easily with a new public_transport tag.

> Also I think you need to make a clearer case for
> public_transport=stopping_position. You claim it's needed for routing
> - but routers currently seem to manage without.
> The existing tags can cover the simpler situations (starting with a
> single node, then two or three nodes, then the two nodes become
> platform ways/areas), and still used for the more-complicated
> situations (>2 platforms / bus_stops), just grouped into a relation
> (and at which point you might well drop the original single node).
> Richard
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