Am Montag, den 07.03.2016, 03:12 +0100 schrieb Marian Sigler:
I also wanted to note that "international" is a bad category
is a good example). Good that you already changed it, but I still
the criteria are too much based on territories.
I think we should go more in that "dominance" direction, in
we need to get rid of the "Bahnhofskategorie" thinking. This is a
categorization scheme that rather aims at a station's traveler
infrastructure, not its relative significance.
do you have ideas for a better scheme?
One example where your suggestion is too close to that
thinking: I don't see any difference between "suburban" and
except where they are. This is not important for the aim of this
There are some differences: Suburban stations are located in urban
areas, while local stations are located in rural areas. Suburban
stations typically have a higher number of passengers than local
stations. The most important difference: A suburban stations is
typically served by more trains per time interval and have a higher
number of passengers than a local station.
Also, we'd need some way to differentiate Basel Bad Bf from
Berlin/München Hbf from Ostbahnhof, København C from Nørreport. In
of these examples, both mentioned stations have international
but one is definitly to be displayed at a lower zoom level than the
This problem was also discussed on the wiki discussion page: http://wik
I proposed to tag both of those stations with the same category, but
use additional information like passenger=* to determine the most
important station within one category.
There's another problem that has not been mentioned yet: The
only aimed at railway networks, but we would want such a system for
underground networks, too, for example. And also for airports and bus
(Note that the importance of stations from different systems is not
strictly hierarchical: I would want to see an important underground
exchange station at a lower zoom level than some regional train stop;
and some important bus node earlier than a small underground stop.)
I think that this system can be used for other networks, too. It just
needs some more general definitions. Some examples how that tagging
could be used:
Airports: Frankfurt could be importance=continental while Frankfurt
-Hahn could be importance=interregional. importance=regional could be
used for small airports, lower categories are not useful for airports
in my opinion.
Subways/Trams/Light rails: importance=local could be used as the
standard value for stops. The more important ones within a suburb (e.g.
providing access to other directions and traffic types) as
importance=suburban, while importance=urban is for important nodes.
Higher categories seem to be not useful for these railways.
Bus stops: Similar to subways, Trams and Light rails: importance=local
is the standard value for simple bus stops, importance=suburban is for
bus stops that provide access to other bus lines or tram lines,
importance=urban is for bus stations that are now tagged as
amenity=bus_station. In Germany, these stations are known as "ZOB".
Stations for long distance busses ("Fernbusse") could be tagged with
one of the higher categories, according to their traffic.
I'm thinking about a how to define a scheme that can cover all
but I want to go to bed now, so I'll do that tomorrow, but already
this mail to avoid people considering the discussion over ;)
Do you already have any draft? I am interested in your ideas.
 Yes, that lies outside the scope of openrailmap, but there's
same problem when rendering a transit map, so we should develop a
solution that fits them all.