Proposed features/Public Transport v2 Vehicle Type "coach"

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Public Transport v2 Vehicle Type "coach"
Status: Draft (under way)
Proposed by: Ialokim
Tagging: route=coach
Applies to: Relation
Definition: Add the new vehicle type "coach" for Public Transport v2
Rendered as: None
Drafted on: 2017-10-01

Proposal

The proposal adds the possibility to differentiate city bus routes from coach routes according to the current Public Transport Scheme v2.

Rationale

City bus Coach
UK city bus vs. coach


There's a clear difference between buses that only run inside a city (transit bus service, short distance) and buses that interconnect two or more cities (intercity bus service, long distance). It is almost as significant as the difference between route=train and route=tram which indeed is tagged by two different values.


An intercity bus service (North American English) or intercity coach service (British English and Commonwealth English), also called a long-distance, express, over-the-road, commercial, long-haul, or highway bus or coach service, is a public transport service using coaches to carry passengers significant distances between different cities, towns, or other populated areas. Unlike a transit bus service, which has frequent stops throughout a city or town, an intercity bus service generally has a single stop at one location in or near a city, and travels long distances without stopping at all.


The introduction on the OSM-Wiki-Page about Buses also mentions "coaches" apart from "buses" and "trolleybuses", but only the latter two have different tagging values, whereas coach routes are supposed to use the same route=bus. This leads to confusion between the two types of (inter- and intra-city) bus routes because there is no difference visible to rendering engines (and thus to the user) or other data consuming programs.

Also consider that there's already a OSM-Wiki-Page for the tag route=coach that states that it is unofficial and lacks a proposal. Nevertheless, there are already 59 relations that use this tag (as of October 1st) and there are a lot of coach routes to change. See also Fernbuslinien (in German) where it is proposed to use route=coach instead of route=bus.


Examples

There are a lot of examples all around the world that are currently not distinguishable from city bus routes, see sample Overpass-Query for Germany.

Tagging

Relation On the route-relation of coach-services:


Node On the public_transport=stop_positions of a coach-route:


Relation On the master_route-relation of coach-services:


Basically, this proposal adds three new tags: route=coach, route_master=coach and coach=yes.

Rendering

route=coach should be rendered differently than route=bus to facilitate distinction.

Features/Pages affected

External discussions

Comments

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