[Talk-transit] Line colour, text colour and background colour

Tijmen Stam mailinglists at iivq.net
Mon May 6 20:14:26 UTC 2019

On 29-04-19 16:58, Stephen Sprunk wrote:
> The route and route_master relations have a documented "colour" key that 
> can be used.  However, that seems to be intended for the line itself, 
> and I'm not aware of any renderer that uses it.  If they did, they'd 
> probably use it for the label background too.
> Relation:destination_sign has attributes colour:back and colour:text, so 
> it makes sense to reuse those here, but if renderers aren't even using 
> colour for the line/label today, I wouldn't count on them doing anything 
> special with the text either.

OSMand (openstreetmap for Android) does render colour for subway lines, 
and it renders de coulours in line labels for bus lines.

For e.g. https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/297293I have used 
colour=#0000ff (both in the route and route_master) and it renders good 
on OSMand.

Keeping in line with other tagging schemes I would use "Colour" for the 
colour of the line (on maps etc), ref:colour for the colour of the text, 
and if necessary: ref:colour_tx for reference text colour and 
ref_colour_bg for reference background colour as per 

(In your example I can see e.g. the 22/34/40 being Lime/Blue/Bordeaux as 
"colour", having white as colour:ref, but N1, N2, N7 would have green, 
pink, yellow as colour, having those as colour:ref as well, but black as 

I have no idea what the line colour of the TR line will be though. 
Black? White? :-)

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