Tag:highway=bus_stop

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Description
A bus stop is a place where public buses stop.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodes
should not be used on ways
should not be used on areas
use on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: Unspecified

A bus stop is a place where passengers can board or alight from a bus. Its position may be marked by a shelter, pole, bus lay-by, or road markings. Some bus stops are unmarked and known only by word-of-mouth or from information provided on a timetables.

The highway=bus_stop tag is widely used on a node off to one side of the highway way to identify the position where passengers wait for a bus beside the carriageway. Some mappers will also add a node to the road's way where the vehicle stops. If you wish to do this please tag that node with public_transport=stop_position.

How to map

Bus stop

The widely used approach is to place bus stop nodes off to one side of the highway way, so not with node being part of the highway=* way. This easily captures the important information about which side of the road the bus stop is on. However, some local communities have used the tag in a different way, and for that reason some use the less-standard public_transport=platform together with highway=bus_stop off the street.

A bus stop should be defined for each discrete location where buses stop. If there are two places where buses stop on either side of the road then two bus stops should be defined.

Use of the tags 'route_ref', 'location' and 'towards' is no longer recommended in conjunction with highway=bus_stop. This information should instead be associated with the corresponding route=* relation. In some areas highway=platform has also been used. It is recommended that these get changed to meet the above guidelines.

Recommended tagging:

Tag Usage Description
highway=bus_stop recommended This tag is a widely used on a node positioned to the side of the road (where passengers wait).
public_transport=platform recommended Used instead of, or together with highway=bus_stop. Should be used in combination with bus=yes. If passengers can also board or alight trams from the same facility also add tram=yes.
name=* recommended Name of the bus stop, especially when there exists no public_transport=stop_area-Relation. If a stop area relation exists, then this tag can carry the numbering of the platform in addition to the bus stop name.
ref=* optional Reference of the bus stop.
network=* optional Name of the network if exists.
operator=* optional Name of the operator.
shelter=* optional 'yes' if the stop is protected from the rain.
passenger_information_display=* optional 'yes' if the stop has a real time electronic passenger information display.
bench=* optional 'yes' if users can sit on bench at the bus stop.
layer=* optional For where the associated road is not at ground level. Essential with complex multi-level situations where there would otherwise be doubt as to which road (or stop_position) it was associated.

Stopping point

Use public_transport=stop_position as a node within the highway=* to indicate the place where the bus stops. Associated tags include:

Tag Usage Description
public_transport=stop_position mandatory According to the 2010 proposal this is placed on the street.
bus=yes mandatory According to the new public transport schema this replaces highway=bus_stop.
name=* recommended Name of the bus stop, especially when there exists no public_transport=stop_area-Relation.
ref_name=* optional Name which is used in Internet timetables, usually a combination of bus stop name and city name; e.g. ref_name=Steintor, Hannover.
network=* optional Name of the network if exists.
operator=* optional Name of the operator.
ref=* optional Reference of the bus stop (also uic_ref=* and asset_ref=*)
tram=yes optional According to the new public transport schema this replaces railway=tram_stop.
railway=tram_stop compatibility Tagged if it is also a tram stop. This can be replaced with public_transport=stop_position+tram=yes.

Stop area

It is sometimes beneficial to create a relation tagged with type=public_transport and public_transport=stop_area to group a number of associated bus stops and stopping positions into a single stop area. A stop area may also include other related facilities, such as amenity=shelter and amenity=bench. Where was shelter or bench are part of the bus stop structure itself, use shelter=yes or bench=yes.

Tag Usage Description
type=public_transport mandatory Defines the relation as type=public_transport
public_transport=stop_area mandatory Defines public_transport=* as stop area (in this case as bus stop)
name=* mandatory Name of the bus stop.
network=* optional Name of the network if exists.
operator=* optional Name of the operator.
ref=* optional Reference of the bus stop.

Bus stations

A major transport interchange for buses may be tagged with amenity=bus_station or alternatively with public_transport=station.

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Transmodel terms starting with (S)

Related terms: <bus stop>