[Talk-us] Map Your Train Ride!

stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Wed Feb 24 21:52:29 UTC 2016

I don't know how to promote this any better than to say this here and 
hope it makes its way into local chapters' mind-space.  I'd like to 
begin a campaign to encourage OSM volunteers to:

Map Your Train Ride!

Add public_transport=platforms to the map and/or route=train relation 
of your commute. It's easy: add a node or draw a small polygon 
representing the location of the platform, tag with 
public_transport=platform, railway=platform and highway=footway. You 
might also add it to the proper route=train relation(s) which should 
be found around that railway=station. For further guidance, see the 
diagram of a "simple railway station" at 

OSM shows the USA has a growing and better-tagged network of rail 
infrastructure:  our TIGER import got us started by depositing bare 
rail, some has been improved (see 
http://wiki.osm.org/wiki/WikiProject_United_States_railways for how 
to do so) and infrastructure, route=railway and route=train relation 
improvements have been refined/added in many places.  When done 
correctly, this gets us to public_transport:version=1.  That's good, 
but public_transport:version=2 requires good station and platform 
data.  This is where crowdsourcing Map Your Train Ride can really 

Let's encourage our local chapters to unleash the power of "a few 
platforms here, a few platforms there" into OSM's train routes in the 
USA.  Our rail infrastructure and train routes are just getting 
better and better!


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