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Re: Talk-us Digest, Vol 130, Issue 17

Jay Johnson

The authoritative source for railroad GIS data is usually considered to be BTS:

When I worked at BNSF, that is what was used to initially populate the linework for our rail feature class.

Class I railroads (the very large ones) are generally regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration.  PUC is for telecom, electric and gas.  


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   1. Re: USPS Post Boxes (EthnicFood IsGreat)
   2. Re: Denver RTD's public_transport growth (OSM Volunteer stevea)


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Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 18:29:23 -0400
From: EthnicFood IsGreat <[hidden email]>
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Subject: Re: [Talk-us] USPS Post Boxes
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> Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:25:15 -0700
> From: Peter Dobratz <[hidden email]>
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> Subject: Re: [Talk-us] USPS Post Boxes
> It would be good to standardize on operator tags for the 4 major carriers
> as you mentioned.  The logos for DHL, FedEx, and UPS have those exact
> letters in them, so if people map what they see, then they will end up with
> those exact values.  However, as mentioned, the USPS logo actually contains
> the text United States Postal Service.
> I could be convinced to switch my tagging from United States Postal Service
> to USPS.  Are there any arguments to support the short form beyond it being
> easier to type?


I would like to point out there are free, little utilities like
Typertask that will quickly expand a few keystrokes into many more
letters.  This can greatly speed up typing long strings like "United
States Postal Service".



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Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:49:58 -0700
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Subject: Re: [Talk-us] Denver RTD's public_transport growth
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On Sep 2, 2018, at 9:52 PM, OSM Volunteer stevea <[hidden email]> wrote:
> I "found something rectangular" and sketched in which we might agree (as a useful, communicative wiki) is "alpha-1" or so.

Following up to my own post, (that wiki continues as "early alpha"), two important tasks emerge:

1)  Denver RTD's University of Colorado A Line (train) needs nodes/ways added to OSM, tagged public_transport=platform to grow the route from public_transport:version=1 to v2.  Seeing this is a pretty heavily-travelled passenger=suburban route=train, this shouldn't be too difficult, and

2)  TIGER Review of existing mainline freight rail (primarily mainline BNSF routes Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, Spanish Peaks and Walsenburg Subdivisions) will need some additional authoritative data sources (Colorado PUC?) to "untangle" them from UP lines:  they have blurred so much and are have gotten so confused that the original TIGER data are virtually incomprehensible as they exist in OSM at present.

Of course, keeping the wiki synced with the data in OSM is the whole point.  Then we go beta and eventually Colorado/Railroads become "a pretty darn good set of statewide rail data, well-documented."  One state at a time, OSM rail data (from decade-old hoary TIGER data) do measurably and demonstrably improve.

Thanks, especially to Colorado OSMers/rail enthusiasts who have responded so far,



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