I think there is no realistic distinction to be made between a bus station and
a "regular" bus stop. Mainly because each bus stop is different from the next.
One could argue that any bus stop where more than one waiting area is a bus
station, or if it has some kind of amenity tied to it like a waiting room or
toilets. But any stop can have an amenity, and the most rural and amenity-free
stop can support several buses and have multiple waiting areas. We also have an
example with tour bus stops in front of a tourist attraction: they may be far
larger and better than most so called bus stations even. Should they be bus
I clearly see the usefulness of having big and small bus stops, but to give
them a definition that works on a step-free scale of difference worldwide is
always going to be hard.
I think I personally would prefer a large bus stop as an area exclusively for
used public transport bus activity (potentially in combination with taxi) and
the smaller bus stop as a place where a bus can stop among other traffic. But
that's my wish and may not be 1:1 with the current modeling of stops.
(by large and small bus stops I'm thinking about the way they are rendered)
From: Andy Townsend [mailto:ajt1...@gmail.com]
Sent: mandag 9. april 2018 13.43
Subject: Re: [Tagging] Unclear meaning of amenity=bus_station
On 09/04/2018 11:55, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
> Currently definition at
> is unclear, it fits two cases
> * intercity bus station (routes between cities, importance comparable
> to railway=station)
> * terminus highway=bus_stop (routes within city terminate and start
> here, minor importance, importance lower than railway=halt)
> while in my experience tag is used only in the first case (what makes
> Would it be OK to edit wiki and restrict it only to the first meaning?
Being a bus station or not has nothing to do with whether the routes from there
are intercity or not (though often intercity routes will stop at a bus station
rather than elsewhere) or whether bus routes terminate or not (though often
I suspect the wiki author is just trying to describe "what tends to happen at"
a bus station rather than defining it. The picture on the wiki is somewhat
confusingly a combined tram and bus station; maybe pictures of more examples
from more continents would help?
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