[OSM-talk] Bus stops

Lachlan Rogers lachlan at rogers.name
Fri Aug 10 01:35:38 BST 2007

It would make sense to do something similar to what is often done with
amenity=fuel nodes.  You can place the bus stop node off the main highway
way on the correct side.  Then simply connect it to the main way with two
segments in a short oneway=yes highway=service way.

This would both make it clear which side of the road the bus stop was on,
and also make it obvious (to human readers and autorouting-utilities) that
the bus stop was connected to the main highway way.

- Lachlan

On 8/10/07, Mike Collinson <mike at ayeltd.biz> wrote:
> 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.
> Mike
> At 02:33 PM 9/08/2007, Jon Bright wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >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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