[Talk-us] importing bus stops

Martijn van Exel mvexel at gmail.com
Wed Apr 11 00:39:01 BST 2012


Anyone here with experience importing bus stops? Any particular 

To make it more concrete, I have permission to import all UTA stops. 
They come in a shapefile similar to the one available for download here:


(That particular set of files is out of date, though)

There's a number of properties that would map to OSM nodes pretty nicely:
MAILBOX -> create a separate node amenity=
LIGHT -> lit=yes
SHELTER -> shelter=yes
BENCH -> bench=yes (?)

I was planning to just use what I know which is highway=bus_stop for the 
bus stops, and railway=tram_stop for the light rail stops. But now I see 
that using highway=bus_stop is *very controversial*[1]! If it weren't so 
blatantly untrue I'd think it was a joke. Or did I miss something?

To get back on topic, if anyone wants to help out devise a mapping from 
UTA stops file to OSM, I'd welcome some help. I've never done a local 
import before, and I'm not a particularly big fan of imports, so I want 
to proceed with caution.

[1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dbus_stop
Martijn van Exel

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