Talk:How to add ferries
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Ferries are large water crafts (boats) that carry vehicles (and people) from one ferry dock to another. Ferries normally have scheduled sailings and are often run as a part of the highway system.
In some states, ferries are a key part of the roadway system and are hard to avoid. In some areas it is important to have them added to the map because they are sometimes the best option, and in a few cases the only option, to get to a destination.
Not all ferries should be mapped. The following guidelines should be followed when considering adding a ferry onto the Waze map.
When and when not to add
Ferries that meet any of these conditions should generally not be mapped.
- Passenger ferries without vehicles
- Ferries requiring pre-booking
- Private ferries unavailable to the general public
- Ferries with no set schedule
- Ferries over two hours in duration
If the ferry does not meet any of the above conditions, it can be added to the map.
How to add
You must have editing rights for the full length of the ferry route. It may be necessary to ride the ferry with Waze running to add that route to your editable area.
- Turn on the GPS Points Layer to see the ferry's typical path. If no GPS point are visible, it may be OK to simply draw a straight line between the two docks.
- Draw a segment from one ferry dock to the other following the GPS points. Name and label the new segment with No City and with the road name of the ferry line. This is often the combined names of both sides of the Ferry. For example: Bainbridge Island / Seattle Ferry. The road type should match the road type on either side of ferry. Do not use Freeway, Parking Lot, or Private. If the ferry is a part of the highway system, then it should be marked Minor or Major Highway. Be sure to set the time restrictions on the segment including the first ferry (opening time) and the last ferry (closing time). Permalink
- kentsmith9: We will need a screen capture of this image rather than links that can change.
- Draw segments on both loading ramps using the same road type as the ferry. These should have the correct city name entered on each side and "Ferry Loading Ramp" in road name field for both. (Editor Note: We do this step because it gives some separation from the ferry and the ferry's slow waiting lines. This allows for better routing)
- kentsmith9: We should explain why we are doing this step.
We do this step because it gives some separation from the ferry and the ferry's waiting lines. This allows for better routing.
- Draw a one-way segment connecting the loading ramp segment to the main road on both sides using the same road type as the ferry. Label it with the correct city name on each side and "Exit Route" in name field.
- kentsmith9: We should explain why we are calling this "Exit Route" rather than "Exit to RAODWAYNAME.
- Draw another one-way segment connecting the main roads to the loading ramp segment on both sides using the same road type as the ferry. Mark is as a toll road if it has a fee in the direction of this segment. It should be labeled with correct city name on each side and "to Bainbridge Island /Seattle Ferry".
kentsmith9: We will need a screen capture of this image rather than links that can change.
Suggestion on how to Map
kentsmith9: I presume this is a work in progress or pending being removed since it covers the points above.
Here is how I have made ferries:
- You need to be able to edit AT LEAST both ports. The entire area is preferable.
- Turn on GPS points. It seems like people like to leave Waze on in the ferry.
- Draw a road on the ACTUAL path the car would take.
- Have the road right up to the part of the dock where it would load.
- Draw the road using the GPS points to align with the usual path of the ferry in the water.
- Road type should be "Parking Lot Road" because, ferries are slow. If there is a "High-Speed" ferry, upgrade the road.
- Make sure the road is a "Toll Road" unless the ferry is free.
- Don't forget to use time restrictions.
- The first ferry of the day is when it should open.
- The last ferry of the day is when it should close.