Baltimore, Maryland/Bus Routes

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Baltimore editors are working on adding all MTA, local university, and other bus routes to OpenStreetMap. This process uses relations under the new public transportation proposal.

Best Practices & Procedures

JOSM is the best editor for managing complex linear relations, especially when paired with the Public Transport plugin. There are many advantages to having public transport routes on OpenStreetMap, including many unknown to me (--ElliottPlack 15:23, 9 January 2013 (UTC)). This is why it is best to adhere to the documented methods of mapping the routes.

Tackling a project on such a massive scale works best when broken down. We've decided to break it down into phases.

Phase 0: Planning

Before beginning we had to decide on a few standards. We decided that all routes in the Baltimore area will have the network=Baltimore attribute. We also decided bus operators would be spelled out fully, not abbreviated.

Phase I: Routes

Visually, the most rewarding thing about adding bus route relations is having them appear on the Transport slippy map on the main page. Thus, phase I is mapping routes alone.

Begin by reviewing official schedules and route maps. Using JOSM, select the ways of the bus route in order and then add them to a relation. Working with TIGER street data in Baltimore is tricky, because many roads exist as long ways with many intersections, especially in downtown areas. Before adding disjointed segments to the relation, split them at the intersection where the bus turns. In JOSM, the relation editor will indicate if there are any gaps in the relation. When complete, save changes and then select the relation via the JOSM select procedure (close the relation editor). Using the public transport plugin is the best procedure for tagging the route.

Useful Links

Progress

Bus Branch Type Route Mapped Route Mapper Comments Route Map Link Route Schedule Stops Master Route
1 Sinai Hospital Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/Ovjlp http://goo.gl/lvcW2
1 Fort McHenry Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/Ovjlp http://goo.gl/lvcW2
1 Mondawmin Metro Station Branch No http://goo.gl/Ovjlp http://goo.gl/lvcW2
1 Fayette & Carey Short Turn No http://goo.gl/Ovjlp http://goo.gl/lvcW2
1 Calhoun & Edmonson Short Turn No http://goo.gl/Ovjlp http://goo.gl/lvcW2
3 Sheppard Pratt Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/YG7G8 http://goo.gl/mZP5O
3 Inner Harbor Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/YG7G8 http://goo.gl/mZP5O
3 Cromwell Bridge Branch Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/YG7G8 http://goo.gl/mZP5O
3 Taylor Ave Short Turn Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/YG7G8 http://goo.gl/mZP5O
3 Pioneer & Fleetwood School SB user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/YG7G8 http://goo.gl/mZP5O
3 Plymouth & Pinewood School SB user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/YG7G8 http://goo.gl/mZP5O
3 Alameda & 33rd No http://goo.gl/YG7G8 http://goo.gl/mZP5O
3 St Paul & 25th No http://goo.gl/YG7G8 http://goo.gl/mZP5O
4 CCBC Dundalk Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/OhIXh
4 Turner's Station Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/OhIXh
5 Cedonia Yes user:mdroads needs turn at Lakewood http://goo.gl/IeBP9
5 Mondawmin Metro Station Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/IeBP9
5 Patterson Park & Lanvale No http://goo.gl/IeBP9
5 Federal St No http://goo.gl/IeBP9
7 Mondawmin Metro Station Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/4dHL9
7 Canton Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/4dHL9
7 Ablemerble No http://goo.gl/4dHL9
7 Linwood Ave No http://goo.gl/4dHL9
8 Lutherville Light Rail Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/frJDI
8 Univ of MD Transit Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/frJDI
8 Greenmount & North No http://goo.gl/frJDI
8 Pioneer & Fleetwood No http://goo.gl/frJDI
8 Plymouth & Pinewood No http://goo.gl/frJDI
9 International Circle Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/0YIW3
9 Lutherville Light Rail Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/0YIW3
10 40/Rolling Road Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/biWiq
10 Bullneck Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/biWiq
10 Paradise No http://goo.gl/biWiq
10 North Bend & Frederick No http://goo.gl/biWiq
10 Lafayette & Calhoun No http://goo.gl/biWiq
10 Kane & Lombard No http://goo.gl/biWiq
10 Dundalk & Center Pl No http://goo.gl/biWiq
10 Turner's Station No http://goo.gl/biWiq
11 Towson Town Center Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/0Vxvr
11 Canton Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/0Vxvr
11 Bedford Sq No http://goo.gl/0Vxvr
11 Charles & Bellona Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/0Vxvr
12 Kirk & Bartlett No http://goo.gl/PPZ4H
12 Stella Marris Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/PPZ4H
13 Fells Point Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/LgXXT
13 Canton Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/LgXXT
13 Walbrook Jct Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/LgXXT
13 Morl& No http://goo.gl/LgXXT
13 Milton Ave No http://goo.gl/LgXXT
13 Sinclair & Collington No http://goo.gl/LgXXT
13 Kane & Lombard No http://goo.gl/LgXXT
14 Patapsco LR Station Main Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/rYrIa
14 Jumpers Hole Rd Branch No http://goo.gl/rYrIa
14 Annapolis Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/rYrIa
14 Baltimore Alternate No http://goo.gl/rYrIa
15 Perry Hall Branch Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/nvVD8 http://goo.gl/B5uyp
15 Security Square Main Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/nvVD8 http://goo.gl/B5uyp
15 Westview Mall Branch No http://goo.gl/nvVD8 http://goo.gl/B5uyp
15 Rutherford Business Park Branch No http://goo.gl/nvVD8 http://goo.gl/B5uyp
15 Walbrook Jct Short Turn No http://goo.gl/nvVD8 http://goo.gl/B5uyp
15 Monrovia & Gunther Short Turn No http://goo.gl/nvVD8 http://goo.gl/B5uyp
15 Gardenville Short Turn No http://goo.gl/nvVD8 http://goo.gl/B5uyp
15 Overlea Main Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/nvVD8 http://goo.gl/B5uyp
15 CMS at Security Branch No http://goo.gl/nvVD8 http://goo.gl/B5uyp
16 Mondawmin Metro Station Main No user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/l2wkv http://goo.gl/11Zjr
16 Brooklyn Homes Main Yes user:ElliottPlack
16 Washington Blvd Short Turn Yes user:ElliottPlack
16 SB via Violetville Branch Yes user:ElliottPlack
16 NB via Violetville Branch Yes user:ElliottPlack
18 Owings Mills School Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/BHel7
18 Velvet Valley School Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/BHel7
19 Carney Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/QldGF http://goo.gl/t5owq
19 Goucher & Taylor Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/QldGF http://goo.gl/t5owq
19 State Center Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/QldGF http://goo.gl/t5owq
19 Northern Pkwy & Marietta School No http://goo.gl/QldGF http://goo.gl/t5owq
19 St. Lo & Sinclair School No http://goo.gl/QldGF http://goo.gl/t5owq
19 Plymouth & Pinewood School No http://goo.gl/QldGF http://goo.gl/t5owq
19 North Ave Late Night No http://goo.gl/QldGF http://goo.gl/t5owq
20 CCBC Dundalk Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/DqCn0
20 Dundalk Marine Terminal Branch Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/DqCn0
20 CCBC Dundalk from CMS Branch Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/DqCn0
20 DMT from CMS Branch Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/DqCn0
21 Fells Point Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/oHCvw Yes
21 Mondawmin Metro Station Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/oHCvw Yes
22 Bayview Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/VOpa2 yes
22 Mondawmin Metro Station Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/VOpa2 yes
23 Fox Ridge Main Yes user:ElliottPlack
27 Port Covington Main Yes user:ElliottPlack
27 Reisterstown LR Main Yes user:ElliottPlack
29 Cherry Hill Circulator Main Yes user:ElliottPlack Loop
30 Bayview Peak Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/IRJSo http://goo.gl/APMKP
30 Edmonson Village (peak) Peak Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/IRJSo http://goo.gl/APMKP
30 City Hall Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/IRJSo http://goo.gl/APMKP Y
30 Edmonson Village (off peak) Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/IRJSo http://goo.gl/APMKP Y
33 Rogers Ave Metro Station Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/Mcw4H
33 Moravia Main Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/Mcw4H
35 White Marsh Main Yes user:ElliottPlack
40 Middle River Main Yes user:ElliottPlack QB http://goo.gl/Qwou8
40 CMS Main Yes user:ElliottPlack QB http://goo.gl/Qwou8
46 Cedonia Main Yes user:ElliottPlack QB http://goo.gl/O0Se6
46 Paradise Main Yes user:ElliottPlack QB http://goo.gl/O0Se6
97 Mondawmin Shuttle Bug No
98 Hampden Shuttle Bug Yes user:mdroads Loop route - start/end at Woodberry Light Rail Station http://mta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/route98.jpg
104 Johns Hopkins Yes user:ElliottPlack
104 Cromwell Yes user:ElliottPlack
10x Light St No http://goo.gl/biWiq
10x 40/Rolling Road No http://goo.gl/biWiq
15x Paca St Express No http://goo.gl/nvVD8 http://goo.gl/B5uyp
15x Perry Hall Express No http://goo.gl/nvVD8 http://goo.gl/B5uyp
19x Carney Express Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/QldGF http://goo.gl/t5owq
19x Goucher & Taylor Express Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/QldGF http://goo.gl/t5owq
19x State Center Express Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/QldGF http://goo.gl/t5owq
3x Cromwell Bridge Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/YG7G8 http://goo.gl/mZP5O
3x Inner Harbor Yes user:ElliottPlack http://goo.gl/YG7G8 http://goo.gl/mZP5O
5x Cedonia Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/IeBP9
5x Downtown Yes user:mdroads http://goo.gl/IeBP9