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Specifies whether light rail trains stop at a feature Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: public transport
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)use on relations unspecified
Useful combination
See also
Status: in use

The key light_rail=yes/no is used to specify whether light rail trains stop at a feature such as a train station or platform. "Light rail" is a higher-standard tram system, often separated from other traffic for part or much of the way.

How to map

  • This tag should be used solely within the public_transport=* schema. It should not be used in combination with any railway=* tags.
  • Add the tag light_rail=yes to a feature such as a public_transport=stop_position to specify that light rail trains stop at this feature. This is mainly useful when the same feature, such as a station, is shared by a highway=* with a bus.
  • Add the tag light_rail=no to a feature when light rail trains do not stop there, even though they might otherwise be expected to.

See also

  • train=* - specifies whether a train stops at a feature - usually not a subway, monorail or tram, but might overlap with light_rail
  • tram=* - specifies whether trams or streetcars stop at a feature
  • subway=* - specifies whether a subway train stops at a feature
  • monorail=* - specifies whether monorail trains stop at a feature
  • railway=station, railway=halt allowing to mostly skip using this tag


  1. It is a common misconception that PTv2 proposal deprecated tags like highway=bus_stop or railway=station - this is not true to replace it by this type of tagging