[Talk-us] Amtrak network=Amtrak tagging

OSM Volunteer stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Wed Mar 28 23:08:03 UTC 2018

On Mar 25, 2018, at 11:09 PM, Greg Morgan <dr.kludge.gm at gmail.com> wrote:
> I wonder what to do with some of the routes.  For example, additional tracks were added in the Tucson area. If we add a route, say, us 60 then an east and west relation is created along with a master route. Do we do the same with rail routes or are all the rails thrown into the same relation?

Hi again, Greg:

What I see in Tucson is "Sun Link" tram/streetcar, https://www.osm.org/relation/3920972 added over a year ago.  It is tagged as a public_transport:version=2 relation, though I don't think it is as I don't see a master_route relation.  If you want to take a look at that and check it / fix it up (even to simply retag it as a correct/ed v1 route), that would be great!  If by "some of the routes" (in the Tucson area) you mean some other rail infrastructure, I'm curious to know which you mean.  Union Pacific rail through Tucson remains poorly tagged from its original TIGER import days and can use cleanup as described in our

https://wiki.osm.org/wiki/WikiProject_United_States_railways#Editing_Railroads_starting_from_TIGER_data .

Yes, assembling railway=rail into route=railway and route=train (light_rail, tram, monorail...) relations can be tedious and a bit confusing until you get the hang of it.  Good news:  we wiki-document how to do this fairly well.  In "other" news, there remains a great deal of work to do in USA Rail!

Not to sound too much like a "lonely heart rail mapper" calling across the chasms of talk-us, looking for more kindred spirits who OSM rail in the USA, I am doing that here and now, as I'd like to better establish contact with additional active USA rail mappers.  In the last few years OSM has grown statewide rail wikis (now at eight, nine...so, still forty-something to go!) and I know I'm not the only mapper who wants to keep momentum going to wiki-document all 50 states' rail infrastructure and passenger routes.

Thanks in advance for any answer/mapping you might offer,

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