3.14.1. Rules for drawing ground transport items

Ground transport items include sections of tram lines, ground transport stops, and bus stations. Don't draw lines for other ground transport items on the map. Enter route numbers for ground transport on the stops.

This section contains: Rules for drawing sections of tram lines

You must observe the following rules when drawing sections of tram lines.

Techniques for drawing and editing rapid tram line sections (including circular sections) are similar to the techniques for drawing and editing all linear items on YME (see these sections):

Don't draw sections of tram lines in a depot.

Draw tram lines using one line.

An exception to this rule concerns tram tracks that form circles, which can be drawn using more than one line. For example:

For information on using tram lines when drawing light-rail transport items, see section LRT systems. Rules for drawing ground transport stops


This section contains rules for drawing stops made by ground-level public transport items in urban and suburban areas, as well as stops made by inter-city buses if they are located outside of bus stations.

The rules for mapping bus stations, marinas, and stops on rapid transit lines are described in the corresponding sections.

Techniques for drawing and editing ground transport stops are similar to the techniques for drawing and editing all places items on YME (see these sections):

When drawing ground transport stops, you must adhere to the following rules:

You can draw transport stops on YME regardless of whether or not they are equipped for passengers to embark or disembark in any way. Equipped stops

Transport stop infrastructure includes the parts of the road that widen to accommodate bus stops and/or bus shelters.

Draw all places that are equipped for passengers to get on or off vehicles as items in the “Ground transport stop” category (not just places where vehicles stop at the present time, but also those where transport stop infrastructure exists even though no vehicles stop there at present).

Mark bus shelters with placemarks. If there is no shelter, mark the transport stop at the spot where the bus pulls over to allow passengers to get on or off.

If there are multiple shelters that are less than 20 meters apart, only use one placemark to mark them:

CorrectIncorrect Unequipped stops

Draw unequipped stops if the following are true:

  • It has an official route sign with the name of the stop

  • The stop is included in official route schedules and vehicles actually stop there

  • The route section does not contain any equipped stops and vehicles stop on demand at any location where stopping does not break traffic laws. In this case you should put stops in the most popular locations where passengers get on or off the vehicle (at major intersections, squares, close to shopping centers, etc.) and keep them at least 300 meters apart.

Put the placemark for an unequipped transport stop where the signage is located (if there is no signage, then on the curb. Tram stops

Draw tram stops at the spot where passengers wait for the tram to arrive.

If passengers board the tram in the middle of the road, but the waiting area is located at the curb, then draw the stop at the curb.

If there is a boarding platform, draw the stop closer to the beginning of the platform.

If the waiting area for the tram is combined with the waiting area for other types of transport, then you do not need to draw a separate stop for the tram. Other types of stops

You can also draw the following public transport stops:

  • For stops with no infrastructure: at intersections or at the exit lane from a highway near a locality (if there are no "equipped" stops nearby)

  • On the territories of bus stops (to include them in a route)

    Draw this type of stop at the approximate geometric center of the boarding platform territory. Don't draw stops

Don't draw public transport stops:

  • If a stop is included in the official schedule, but vehicles don't actually stop there

  • In places where traffic law forbids stopping Rules for drawing bus stations

Techniques for drawing and editing bus stations are similar to the techniques for drawing and editing all places (see following sections):

Draw the buildings at bus stations using “Bus station” items.

Miscellaneous structures and buildings at bus stations that contain passenger infrastructure (waiting rooms, ticket counters) can also be mapped using this category.

“Do not draw” the following using the Bus station category:

  • Free-standing stops (including covered ones with waiting areas or final stops)

  • Boarding platforms and areas

  • Dispatch stations and other miscellaneous service buildings without passenger infrastructure.

If a bus station occupies part of a building that belongs to another organization (for example, a railway station or shopping center), then put the bus station placemark on the edge of the polygon for that building.