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A bus stop is a place where public buses stop for passengers link=Item:https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Tag:highway%3Dbus_stop&action=edit Edit this description in the data item.
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Group: Highways
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Status: de facto

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.

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.

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A bus stop should be defined for each discrete location where a pole or shelter is placed or where a person should wait for a vehicle. The widely used approach is to place bus stop nodes off to one side of the highway way, and not with the node being part of the highway=* way (being the place where the vehicle stops - see below). If there are places for passengers to wait on both sides of the road then two bus stops should be defined.

Use of the tags route_ref=*, location=* and towards=* is not required in conjunction with highway=bus_stop. This information can also be associated with the corresponding route=* relation.

Recommended tagging:

Basic tags

Tag Usage Description
highway=bus_stop ! Required This tag is a widely used on a node positioned to the side of the road (where passengers wait).
public_transport=platform  Important This tag was introduced in the Public Transport proposal.
name=*  Important Name of the bus stop, if bus stop has it.
ref=*  Important Reference of the bus stop, if bus stop has it - usually a series of letters and numbers used to find the stop on digitized systems.
local_ref=* ? Optional Short reference of the bus stop - "A", "D1" for example
network=* ? Optional Name of the network if exists. The network (relevant e.g. for fares) is really dependent upon the bus company that is making a particular stop (i.e. see "network" on the route relation), so it may be better to omit this on the bus stop itself.
operator=* ? Optional Name of the operator if exists. Note that different parts may be owned by different operators; e.g. in Germany, it is not uncommon for the pavement to be installed by the city, the signpost by the network's NGO or one of the bus companies, and the shelter (if any) be managed by an advertising agency.

Physical attributes

Tag Usage Description
shelter=yes/no  Important 'yes' if the stop is protected from the rain by a shelter.
Additionally the bus stop's shelter may be mapped separately with an object amenity=shelter.
bench=yes/no ? Optional 'yes' if users can sit on a bench at the bus stop (additionally it may or may not be mapped separately with amenity=bench).
tactile_paving=yes/no/incorrect ? Optional 'yes' if the paving at the bus stop is tactile.
wheelchair=yes/no ? Optional 'yes' if the bus stop is wheelchair accessable.
departures_board=* ? Optional A board in an airport, train station, bus terminal or stop, etc displaying the information about future departures.
lit=yes/no ? Optional 'yes' if the bus stop is lit.
bin=yes/no ? Optional 'yes' if there is a trash can at the bus stop (additionally it may or may not be mapped separately with amenity=waste_basket).
covered=yes/no ? Optional 'yes' if the stop is protected from the rain by cover that is not a dedicated shelter.
passenger_information_display=yes/no ? Optional 'yes' if the stop has a real time electronic passenger information display.
pole=yes/no ? Optional 'yes' if there is a pole at the bus stop.
flag=yes/no ? Optional 'yes' if there is a flag or sign at the bus stop with details about the bus stop, for example, the name or ref
kerb=* ? Optional the type of kerb at a bus stop, most likely kerb=raised
traffic_sign=* ? Optional if there is also a traffic sign on the pole or shelter, what sign it is. See Key:traffic sign#Lists of IDs per country for values
advertising=* ? Optional the type of advesting present at the bus stop, usually on shelters
layer=* ? Optional For where the associated road is not at ground level. Essential with complex multi-level situations where there would otherwise be a doubt as to which road (or stop_position) it was associated.


See also

Related terms: ‹ bus stop ›