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Specifies whether light rail trains stop at a feature Edit or translate this description.
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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; it exists between a classic tram railway=tram and a classic conventional railway railway=rail.

How to Map

Some mappers add this tag to public_transport=platform and public_transport=station features, instead of adding the more common tags railway=platform and railway=station, however this tagging is not more popular, not approved as part of the proposal[1] and is not widely supported by database users.

See also

  • access=* - general access restrictions - while light_rail=yes/no might appear to be an access restriction, it is rarely used in this way
  • 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


  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