[Talk-us] Talk-us Digest, Vol 130, Issue 17

Jay Johnson jaybird79605 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 12:30:00 UTC 2018


SteveA,

The authoritative source for railroad GIS data is usually considered to be
BTS:

https://www.bts.gov/

When I worked at BNSF, that is what was used to initially populate the
linework for our rail feature class.

Class I railroads (the very large ones) are generally regulated by the
Federal Railroad Administration.  PUC is for telecom, electric and gas.

Jay

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> From: EthnicFood IsGreat <ethnicfoodisgreat at gmail.com>
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> Subject: Re: [Talk-us] USPS Post Boxes
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> > Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:25:15 -0700
> > From: Peter Dobratz <peter at dobratz.us>
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> >       <talk-US at openstreetmap.org>, 354lbr at gmail.com
> > Subject: Re: [Talk-us] USPS Post Boxes
> >
> > It would be good to standardize on operator tags for the 4 major carriers
> > as you mentioned.  The logos for DHL, FedEx, and UPS have those exact
> > letters in them, so if people map what they see, then they will end up
> with
> > those exact values.  However, as mentioned, the USPS logo actually
> contains
> > the text United States Postal Service.
> >
> > I could be convinced to switch my tagging from United States Postal
> Service
> > to USPS.  Are there any arguments to support the short form beyond it
> being
> > easier to type?
>
> [...]
>
> I would like to point out there are free, little utilities like
> Typertask that will quickly expand a few keystrokes into many more
> letters.  This can greatly speed up typing long strings like "United
> States Postal Service".
>
> Mark
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> Message: 2
> Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:49:58 -0700
> From: OSM Volunteer stevea <steveaOSM at softworkers.com>
> To: talk-us <talk-us at openstreetmap.org>
> Subject: Re: [Talk-us] Denver RTD's public_transport growth
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> On Sep 2, 2018, at 9:52 PM, OSM Volunteer stevea <
> steveaOSM at softworkers.com> wrote:
> >
> > I "found something rectangular" and sketched in
> http://wiki.osm.org/wiki/Colorado/Railroads which we might agree (as a
> useful, communicative wiki) is "alpha-1" or so.
>
> Following up to my own post, (that wiki continues as "early alpha"), two
> important tasks emerge:
>
> 1)  Denver RTD's University of Colorado A Line (train) needs nodes/ways
> added to OSM, tagged public_transport=platform to grow the route from
> public_transport:version=1 to v2.  Seeing this is a pretty
> heavily-travelled passenger=suburban route=train, this shouldn't be too
> difficult, and
>
> 2)  TIGER Review of existing mainline freight rail (primarily mainline
> BNSF routes Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, Spanish Peaks and Walsenburg
> Subdivisions) will need some additional authoritative data sources
> (Colorado PUC?) to "untangle" them from UP lines:  they have blurred so
> much and are have gotten so confused that the original TIGER data are
> virtually incomprehensible as they exist in OSM at present.
>
> Of course, keeping the wiki synced with the data in OSM is the whole
> point.  Then we go beta and eventually Colorado/Railroads become "a pretty
> darn good set of statewide rail data, well-documented."  One state at a
> time, OSM rail data (from decade-old hoary TIGER data) do measurably and
> demonstrably improve.
>
> Thanks, especially to Colorado OSMers/rail enthusiasts who have responded
> so far,
>
> SteveA
> California
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