[Talk-transit] Talk-transit Digest, Vol 14, Issue 4

Roland Olbricht roland.olbricht at gmx.de
Fri Feb 12 01:35:39 GMT 2010

Dear Chen,

> Now I see how difficult it is for public transit.Yet I wonder if a public
> transport graph is more realistic?

It depends on whether you can invest some time.

The simplest and fastest solution might be to use existing systems. A 
well-known map is
but this is probably not what you want.

A better solution would be to bring the bus route data in a proper form. This 
means to touch each relation. I give you an example how I do it with 
relations in Germany:

--- Begin of: How To ---

* Get JOSM with the Public Transport Plugin
Download the latest JOSM editor (version 2964).
Open it ("java -jar josm-latest.jar").
Go to "Edit > Preferences > Plugins" (the plug symbol), click "Download list" 
and search for the "public_transport" plugin. Tick the box and close the 
dialogue. This installs the plugin.
Restart JOSM and choose "Update Plugins" if a dialogue box pops up.

* Download and edit a relation
Let's take relation 23653 as an example.
Go to "File > Download object", select "relation" and type 23653, 
click "Download object".
Go to "Public Transport > Route patterns". Choose "bus: 2", change to 
tab "Itinerary" and click "Show". Now you can see the relation.

Open the standard relation editor by clicking on the cogwheel (on the left in 
the main window). Mark "route ("2" ..." on the right, then click the button 
with the two sheets of paper. This duplicates the relation to split it into 
two direction. You can close the editor that pops up by clicking OK.

Go in the window "Route Pattern" back to the tab "Overview" and 
press "Refresh". Mark the first of the two relations "bus: 2 [23653]".
Change to the tab "Itinerary" and click "Sort". The plugin tries to sort the 
itinerary as good as possible. There remain some lines "[gap]"; these lines 
indicate gaps in the itinerary. Let's examine them one after another:

We are now trying to obtain a complete itinerary from "Illervägen" 
to "Vasaplan". One direction, for the back direction we will use the copied 

The first entry "Mariehemsvägen" (could also be the last of that name, 
depending on how the plugin has tried to sort) does not belong to the 
itinerary in this direction. Mark it in the Route Pattern window and 
click "Mark" and then "Show". Now the way is highlighted and we see that it 
is the wrong oneway. Click "Delete" to remove this way. If you now 
press "Sort" again, you can realise that this "[gap]" is gone away.

The same procedure applies to two ways "Blå Vägen" and two 
ways "Rothoffsvägen" before the way "[ID] 28444098". They are also the wrong 
oneways for the current direction, can be highlighted with "Mark" and should 
be deleted. If you now press "Sort" again, you get a complete itinerary - no 
lines with "[gap]" are leftover. If the sorting produces just the wrong 
ordering (from Skolgatan to Illervägen), click "Reflect".

Go to tab "Stops" and click "Sort". Now the stops are automatically ordered in 
their proper order. Delete the "backward_stop_10".

Congratulations, the first direction is now complete.

The back direction required the same steps. First, cleanup the itinerary. 
Then, order the stops and delete the one stop that's only in the other 

Now go back to the standard relation editor and add a "to"-tag to each 
direction. That is not necessary but makes life easier for other mappers.

Go to "File > Upload data" and click "Upload changes". Congratulations, now 
you can completed the entire bus route.

-- End of: How To ---

Other bus routes are more messy, but after the first sort, things look better. 
There are 166 bus routes in Sweden at the moment (quite few), thus this 
should take some rainy weekends if you do it alone.

I'll do my best to make the plugin more convenient. Hence please tell me if 
you have any suggestions. The plugin is at the moment not yet mature and 
being developed. E.g., are more complete version will allow you to directly 
duplicate the relation and edit the relations' tags in the plugin itself, 
without involving the standard relation editor.

Thus a better approach would be to encourage the community to improve the 
data: there is a specific public transport project in Sweden
I supoose you know it, otherwise you can find there people to contact which 
can help you with the editing work. I hope you can encourage them with the 
above how-to. Another motivation might be that proper relations appear in
and as a feature developed this evening:
You can replace 34633 and 359796 with a pair of other relation ids 
representing a bus line. It works (should work) correctly with lines in the 
Oxmoa scheme as we have created one in the above howto. Yiu can also use
and replace 34633 with any relation id but that shows only one direction.

> Do you think it is possible to get bus stops (includes the origin and
> destination point) in order in a route through any geometry method?

If you have for a given bus line a correct and complete itinerary, you can use 
it to get stops in the correct order. In this case, every bus stop is quite 
close to a segment of the itinerary. Thus, you can order them by calculating 
for each stop the nearest point of the itinerary and then order them in the 
order of the points of the itinerary.

The provide some sample code, you can look into the Public Transport Plugin at
The method "detectMinDistance" from line 1694 calculates the closest point for 
each stop (the itinerary is stored in "segmentMetrics" which is filled in 
line 1060 in the calling method). This attaches to each node a position 
information to which segment it belongs.

Sorting is with this data structure trivial and done in line 1162.



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