Mapper's Challenge #29 — June 2020 — All Aboard the Bus!

Posted by zhenkang on 15 June 2020 in English (English)

Hello there.

It has been a year and a half since the last challenge. I'm glad to announce the reinstatement of the Mappers' Monthly Challenge. First off, I will like to thank Alessa and Luciano for letting me continue this series of challenges.

As of now, new challenges will be launched on every 15th of the month, but this may be subjected to change depending on my schedule. I will continue running the series for the time being.

As with past challenges, the challenges are not strictly obligatory. It is strongly recommended to use JOSM as your default mapping tool when attempting the challenges. Post what you have in the comments below; do not be afraid to provide feedback on submissions also.

This is a great place to learn and have fun. It is my hope that we get a chance to see all the good things that users are doing around OGF and new creative features on the map.

Alright, let's jump into the challenge:

Mappers' Challenge #29: All aboard the bus!

In OGF, I feel that we have, as a whole, neglected buses in favour of other modes of transportation like subways, rails and trams. Buses are often seen as outdated and less stylish than other rail transport. Besides just putting bus stops as decorations and having a few bus stations scattered around the city, it is a bit difficult to visualise bus routes on the map.

Actually, on the contrary, there is a public transport viewer to visibly see bus routes, such as this one in Gobras City. You can check the various bus routes and see how they are tagged on the map. To create bus route relations, you need to use transport route relations in JOSM.

So for this challenge, develop a basic bus network with the necessary infrastructure for your town/city. You can start a town from scratch and develop it, or use an existing town or city requiring a bus network.

JOSM will be pretty handy for the challenge, especially since we are dealing with route relations. I also encourage you to have the public transport plugin. To create route relations, you can read this for more info.

There are three levels of challenge (ranges are approximate and may vary depending on your territory):

  • Beginner: Small town (below 50,000)

  • Moderate: Large town (50,000 and above)

  • Advanced: City (1 million and above)

  • Collaborative: Pick a city of any size in a blue (such as Gobrassanya) or a purple territory and work with the coordinators and/or other users there.

You are encouraged to look at bus route patterns in your own city, and try to plan your routes carefully. Try not to make them too long, and link up key areas. Also try not to have multiple routes serving the same way, unless they are by different operators, depending on how buses are managed in your city.

In addition, while building a bus system, you can also consider a Bus Rapid Transit system as well, which is similar to light rail transit but with the use of buses using dedicated roads to avoid congestion at some roads. This is a possibility for some cities unable to afford a light rail transit system and yet needed to resolve traffic congestion in a city.

For me, I plan to do a few bus routes in the developing capital of Bakdep in my country. I have a few bus termini ready and parts of the city have already been developed. So now what I have to do is to connect them up using bus routes.

Best of luck to everyone! Happy mapping!

Comment from Lithium on 15 June 2020 at 01:08

Sounds great! I don't know what city I'll do, but maybe a city in Commonia.....

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Comment from Luciano on 15 June 2020 at 07:03

Ohunkagan, being currently stuck in the year 1895, doesn't have many buses (maybe there are some horse-drawn bus-like things (omnibus)?).

The city has a lot of streetcars and a new elevated train network, however.

A few bus routes are mapped along with the light rail in Tárrases:

I want to map a lot more bus routes, there. But I have too many other projects.

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Comment from geoboi on 15 June 2020 at 20:53

I think I'm going to develop Pulábat more before working on public transportation, but I do like the idea of making buses more appealing in the public eye. My vision for Pulábat includes a historic tram network similar to that of Tallinn, Estonia, and a new metro network (potentially funded by the Kojolese govt) to serve the busiest parts of the city. I do think that bus routes would be better for the outer suburbs of the city. Love this idea!

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Comment from Fayaan on 17 June 2020 at 19:16

Is there a way to visualise bus routes in our own city?

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Comment from Luciano on 17 June 2020 at 19:23

@Fayaan Probably you have to draw them first.

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Comment from Fayaan on 18 June 2020 at 08:03

Nice challenge, I will give it a try for a smaller city before trying a big city! I am curious about how the big differences in public transport systems that exist IRL will also be reflected in OGF. I can see the differences between countries/cities that have a radial network out of very large bus stations, while other countries chose for smaller and more hubs. Some countries chose for a time-efficient network, while other countries chose for a maximal spatial spread with bus routes zigzagging through neighbourhoods.

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Comment from Luciano on 18 June 2020 at 08:37

@Fayaan It occurred to me that I misunderstood your question. When you said "our own city" I thought you meant your city that you are creating in OGF. But if you mean... your actual real-world city where you live, then... you can go on your local regional transportation agency website. They probably have some network maps.

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