[OSM-talk] Bus stops

Mike Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Thu Aug 9 22:19:32 BST 2007

I certainly mark bus stops as individual nodes to the appropriate side of the highway way.  I don't say that is "right" but it seems sensible as you suggest.

I suspect it was a very early tag in OSM's history and that if it was reinvented today it would be amenity=bus_stop.


At 02:33 PM 9/08/2007, Jon Bright wrote:
>On to my next potentially earth-shattering tag question: bus stops.  I 
>see from Map Features that the tag appears to be "highway=bus_stop" and 
>that it applies to nodes.
>My question: the "highway" key makes it seem like these nodes should 
>also be part of a way - i.e. I should (if necessary) add a node to the 
>way which forms the street that this bus stop is at the side of.  This 
>also seems like it might not be the worst thing in the sense that using 
>route=bus, it would then be possible to work out a bus route from one 
>place to another.
>If, on the other hand, you're using bus stops as a navigational aid in a 
>car journey, or if you're just trying to find a bus stop somewhere, it 
>seems like it would be useful to know which side of the street the bus 
>stop is on.  Assuming a two-way street, this would preclude those nodes 
>being part of the way - they'd be freestanding nodes to the side of the 
>way, often (but not always) roughly paired, one on each side.
>Anyone have any hints?  (Other than the hint that I might want to spend 
>less of my time thinking about bus stops, something I've already 
>realised for myself :-)

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