[Talk-us] Map Your Train Ride!

Martijn van Exel martijn at openstreetmap.us
Wed Feb 24 22:04:53 UTC 2016

Steve --

Can MapRoulette help here? I already started a railroad crossing challenge
a while ago (http://maproulette.org/#t=fix-railway-crossings/262063C) which
a lot of people like (and have worked on).

If we can entice people to add railway station detail in places with known
train stations that may be interesting?

Let me know if you see something there.

On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 1:54 PM stevea <steveaOSM at softworkers.com> wrote:

> 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
> http://wiki.osm.org/wiki/Tag:railway%3Dstation#A_Simple_Railway_Station
> .
> 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
> help!
> 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!
> SteveA
> California
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