Bus routes in New Jersey

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Tagging

Most buses operate in two directions, taking different sides of a divided highway or going in the same direction around a one-way street. In these cases, separate route relations should be created for each of the two directions. The two directions should then be combined in a route_master relation for the route itself. For example:

New Jersey Transit bus routes should be tagged as follows:

Key Value
type=* route
route=* bus
network=* New Jersey Transit
name=* NJ Transit Bus ###
ref=* ###

A public_transport=platform node indicates where passengers should wait on the side of the road. This node should be created on the correct side of the road, using the stop name that is assigned by New Jersey Transit. A highway=bus_stop tag should also be assigned to the node for backward compatibility. All platform nodes should be grouped together at the beginning of the route relation, so as not to interrupt the continuity of the route. JOSM will indicate any discontinuities in the route relation in red; these should be fixed before uploading.

A public_transport=stop_position tag may also be used to indicate the position where the bus stops on the road. It does not interrupt the continuity of the route, so it can be placed in the order that the bus drives the route.

Route variants

Only the major route variants should be mapped. These are the routes that proceed along the main travel corridor and collectively account for at least 50% of the trips on the schedule. OpenStreetMap can only serve as a guide to indicate which buses are *available* near a location in New Jersey. If a bus rider needs to know whether a particular stop is served by a bus at a specific time, he must consult the timetable or a trip planner.

The reason for this limitation is the complexity of the bus schedules. New Jersey Transit has a habit of operating variant routes to serve a major employer or a college. Some of the route variants operate only one trip per day!

For example, bus 814 (Relation 5656067 (JOSM)) has routes for various combinations of the major stops:

  • Walmart North Brunswick to downtown New Brunswick
    • via North Oaks Boulevard
    • via Brunswick Shopping Center
    • via DeVry North Brunswick
  • Walmart North Brunswick to Middlesex County College (Edison)
    • via downtown New Brunswick
    • via downtown New Brunswick and Heller Industrial Park
    • via DeVry North Brunswick
  • DeVry North Brunswick to Middlesex County College (Edison)
  • DeVry North Brunswick to downtown New Brunswick

This is just the weekday schedule in one direction! The reverse direction adds additional variants, and the weekend schedule adds even more. It is infeasible to map all the variants for bus 814, especially as New Jersey Transit continues to tweak the schedule. Only the main travel corridor and the main route variants can be maintained.

New Jersey Transit

1-99: North Jersey Cities

Two-digit bus numbers are assigned to routes that serve Newark and other cities in North Jersey. Routes that do not contain the name of a city usually serve Newark. Some of these routes connect North Jersey cities to other parts of the state.

Number Route description Route Master Status Notes
1 Newark
2

Jersey City
Journal Square
Secaucus

5 Kinney
6

Ocean Avenue
Journal Square

10

Bayonne
Jersey City

Relation 5720696 (JOSM) Routing (4/4) Stops (4/4) 
11

Newark
Montclair State
Willowbrook

13

Broad Street
Clinton Avenue

21 Main Street
22

North Bergen
Union City
Hoboken

23
25
26

Irvington
Elizabeth

Relation 6232211 (JOSM) Routing (4/4) Stops (4/4) 
27
28
29
30
34
37
39
40
41
48

Elizabeth
Woodbridge
Perth Amboy

Relation 5712031 (JOSM) Routing (4/4) Stops (4/4) 
52
56
57
58
59
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
70
71
72
73
74
76
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88

North Bergen
Jersey City
Journal Square

Relation 2968035 (JOSM) Routing (4/4) Stops (4/4) 
89
90
92
94 Stuyvesant Crosstown
  • Bloomfield
  • Union
  • Linden
Relation 5720667 (JOSM) Routing (4/4) Stops (4/4) 
95
96
97
99

100-199: Commuter buses to New York City

Number Route description Route Master Status Notes
107
108
111
112
113
114
115
116
117
119

Bayonne
New York

Relation 5869786 (JOSM) Routing (4/4) Stops (4/4) 
120

Bayonne
Downtown New York

Relation 6047114 (JOSM) Routing (4/4) Stops (4/4) 
121
122
123
124
125
126
127
128
129
130
131
132
133
135
136
137
138
139
144
145
148
151
153
154
155
156
157
158
159
160
161
162
163
164
165
166
167

Harrington Park
Teaneck
New York

Relation 6077891 (JOSM) Routing (4/4) Stops (4/4) 
168
171
175
177
178
181
182
186
188
190
191
192
193
194
195
196
197
198
199

300-399: Seasonal, Park-and-ride, and Long-distance

400-499: Southwestern New Jersey

500-599: Southeastern New Jersey

600-699: Mercer County

700-799: Passaic and Bergen County

Routes that enter major cities in Northern Jersey are numbered with two-digit route numbers.

800-899: Central Jersey

The 800 series covers buses that remain within Central Jersey. Routes that connect Central Jersey to cities in North Jersey are numbered with two-digit route numbers.

List is incomplete.

Number Route description Route Master Status Notes
801 Metropark Loop
  • JFK Medical Center
Relation 4734923 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
802 Metropark Loop
  • Woodbridge Corporate Park
Relation 4734925 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
803 Metropark Loop
  • Woodbridge Rail Station
Relation 4734926 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
804 Metropark Loop
  • Inman Avenue
Relation 4734927 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
805 Metropark Loop
  • Fords
Relation 5578274 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
810

New Brunswick
Woodbridge Center

Relation 5575204 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
811

New Brunswick
South River

Relation 5620597 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
813

Perth Amboy
Middlesex County College

Relation 5651468 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
814

North Brunswick
New Brunswick
Middlesex County College

Relation 5656067 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
815

New Brunswick
East Brunswick
Woodbridge Center

Relation 5679215 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
817

Perth Amboy
Campbells Junction

Relation 5687475 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
818

New Brunswick
East Brunswick
Old Bridge

Relation 5679215 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4) 
819

Piscataway
Plainfield
Metuchen
Middlesex Mall

Relation 5574401 (JOSM) Routing (3/4) Stops (3/4)