[Talk-transit] Ideas for a simplified public transportation scheme

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Wed May 8 20:14:45 UTC 2019

On 06-05-19 19:29, Stephen Sprunk wrote:
> On 2019-04-30 06:06, Dave F via Talk-transit wrote:
>> On 29/04/2019 16:22, Stephen Sprunk wrote:
>>> Stop areas are supposed to link stop positions to platforms, so a 
>>> router knows which platform you need to take a route that only stops 
>>> on a particular track.  In most cases, this can be inferred by 
>>> proximity, but in some it can't, particularly at very complex stations.
>> If there needs to be a 'link' (& I'm still not convinced it does), can
>> it not be achieved with unifying tags on nodes/ways? Why does it
>> require a relation?
>> Relations were devised to allow items which couldn't be achieved on
>> nodes/ways alone (ie routes) not to collect things together. If it can
>> be done without relations it makes tagging so much simpler & less
>> prone to errors.
> What is the "unifying tag" you propose, and how would it work?
> I'd love to see stop areas go away, or at least limited to instances 
> where the link between stop position and platform can't be deduced from 
> geometry.  Heck, in most cases, the stop position itself can be deduced 
> from the platform and route geometry--assuming the platform is in the 
> route relation, which isn't always the case.

But in some it can't.

Also, the stop_area is, in the Netherlands, a concept used to map all 
stops "belonging" to each other together, for trhansit open data/transit 
planners. e.g. all four stops around a junction will be one "stop_area" 
(having one ref:IFOPT:NL:S:<number> reference), even when those four 
stops will have different names (e.g. named in pairs after the side street).

Example of a stop_area with stops: 
<https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/8426674> (unfortunately, this is 
not the best example as the whole station complex is divided into three 
stop_areas, one for the subway, and two for the east and west bus station)

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