This page serves as the primary resource for editors of the Puerto Rico region. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this territory might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or territory refer to the community links below.
See Puerto Rico/Overview for guidance in Puerto Rico that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Special roads
- 7 Closures
- 8 Update Requests
- 9 Places
- 10 Cameras
- 11 To do list
- 12 Other
- 13 Area Managers
- 14 Other states and territories
- 15 About this page
Puerto Rico is a part of the Territories region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Thank you for your interest in editing Waze maps in the Territory of Puerto Rico. Please note Puerto Rico follows the US national guidance with a few exceptions. Be sure to click on and read every link from this page for in-depth tips, guidance and advice.
Refer to the Glossary for common Waze related terms.
Tip: Editors are strongly encouraged to download & install the Waze Validator Plugin. This tool will identify map errors and offers guidance on how to fix them. Use this to identify issues in areas you are working on but make sure not to be distracted by errors that do not pertain to you.
Before editing the maps in the Puerto Rico region, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.
The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.
See Puerto Rico/Resources for guidance in Puerto Rico that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to the Puerto Rico region.
- Puerto Rico section of Waze forum
- The Territories region forum
- The USA section of Waze Forum
- The USA segment unlock requests
New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.
For Segment Unlock / Update requests in Puerto Rico, please use the following link: Puerto Rico unlock / update requests or submit your Unlock / Update request in our Google Hangout (GHO) named Puerto Rico Waze Editors with the proper information and permalink (PL).
Puerto Rico editors uses the following tools for communication and information exchange:
- Waze NA Discord Territories Section].
- Puerto Rico Editors Google Hangout. Ask for an invitation from the RC or any Puerto Rico State SM listed below or by clicking here.
Please join our new Waze US Territories Discord Server by clicking in the Connect button
See Puerto Rico/Community for guidance in Puerto Rico that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
Cities and towns
One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).
See Puerto Rico/Cities and towns for guidance in Puerto Rico that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
Puerto Rico does not participate or use the Functional Classification system.
- All freeways are set to ground level. If two freeways cross each other, look at the actual intersection to discover the layers of the intersection.
- Elevation -5 is used for non-drivable roads to help ensure that the routing engine does not try to connect or route drivers from roads onto non-roads by mistake. It acts to prevent false system reporting that the roads should be connected.
- Road names should follow the PR-### format and a general rule of thumb is:
- PR-1 through PR-99 & PR-165 are Major Highways (those with Pink Shields are Freeways)
- PR-100 through PR-206, PR-250 & PR-251 are Minor Highways
- PR-300 through PR-9914 are Primary Streets
- When adding cardinal directions to street maps use the Spanish letter surrounded by parentheses (for proper TTS pronunciation in spanish)
- (N) = Norte = North
- (S) = Sur = South
- (E) = Este = East
- (O) = Oeste = West
- Example: PR-52 (S)
- Calle and Avenida should be spelled out for proper TTS pronunciation.
Exit ramps and entrance ramps (on-ramps) Naming Standard
The rule of thumb is simple: The name applied to any ramp must match the information displayed by the "Big Green Signs" (also known as "BGS" in the Waze jargon) and following the general rules shown below. Additional information is available in the sub-section titled Exit ramps and entrance ramps (on-ramps) in the Road Names page.
Signed and Numbered Exits:
- Name the exit ramp as such: "Salida 5B: PR-17 (E) / Carolina / Trujillo Alto / Río Piedras / Aeropuerto / vía Avenida Piñero". In other words, start with the word "Salida" followed by the exit number, follow the exit number with a colon (": "), and separate all elements (shields and names) after the colon with slashes (" / ").
Signed and Unnumbered Exits
- name the exit ramp as such: "Salida a PR-8 (N) / San Juan / Aeropuerto / Hato Rey". In other words, start with the words "Salida a " followed by all elements on the sign (shields and names), separated with slashes (" / ").
Minimum Locking Standard
In Puerto Rico we have a set minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank (level) in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (areas with construction, tricky design, frequent mistakes, imaging inaccuracies, and the like), but should not be locked lower.
A great time to implement these locks is while bringing the road types of an area into compliance with the current US road type standards (FC and highway systems). Lock the roads based on type after they've been set to current US road type standards.
Speed Limits Guidelines
For speed limit sign reporting we recommend the use of: Waze Update Request Marker App by dbcm.
See Puerto Rico/Major roads for guidance in Puerto Rico that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
The Puerto Rico region follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.
- Divided highways and roadways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and traffic circles
- Toll roads
- Partial and scheduled restrictions
- Private installations and military bases
Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.
Guidelines that vary by state or territory
The following special roads are managed slightly uniquely in some states and territories. This territory uses the following standard guidelines found in the Wiki.
See Puerto Rico/Closures for guidance in Puerto Rico that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
04-04-2016: Puerto Rico has standardized on a UR response system after extended discussion in the Google Hang Outs.
NOTE: all day values are relative to the date the FIRST editor response is sent to the reporter.
- Day 0: The first editor who is able to respond to UR should attempt to resolve the UR. If successfully found a resolution, the UR should be marked Solved along with a message. Optionally, the editor can wait a few days to follow up in the report. If more information from the reporter is required to make progress towards a resolution, a response should be sent to the reporter containing the information needed for resolution.
- Day 4: Reminder message sent if no response from the reporter is recieved since day 0.
- Day 5+: URs that has no response shall be closed as Not Identified due to lack of reporter response at any time.
- All editors are considered to have equal ownership of and responsibility.
- All editors, regardless if they have worked the UR previously, may send any of the responses described above, provided they adhere the minimum time spacing guidance between responses.
- All editors are explicitly encouraged to attempt resolving URs at any point during their lifecycle, even if others happen to be actively working it at the same time.
- The ideal timeline for UR response is when responses are sent as early as the minimum required time spacing between messages permits.
- It is NOT required to send a reminder in the report before closing it due to the lack of response.
- When the reporter responds back, and more information is needed for a resolution, 5 days is the minimum time before closing it due to the lack of response.
Area or Point ?
The table of Place categories and types, provides guidelines to help map editors decide between point and area places.
|PLACE TYPE||LOCK LEVEL|
|Military Installation / Airport||4|
|Hospitals / Urgent Care 24hrs||4|
|Police & Fire Dept||4|
|Schools / Universities / Colleges||4|
|National & State Parks and Monuments||4|
|Government Buildings / Consulates||3|
|City and Local Parks||2|
- All Places that have complete information (to include, at a minimum, address/city, hours of operation, phone number) are to be locked at Level 2. This is to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of Place Update submissions from Trusted Users, or Place Update Request approvals from other editors without careful examination.
- If you do not have a high enough enough rank to lock the place as indicated, please lock it as high as you can, and notify a higher rank AM, SM, CM, or Champ to lock it higher.
Phone Numbers Format
Puerto Rico area codes are 787 and 939. Please use the following format when adding phone numbers to places information: (787) XXX-XXXX
Please read and follow the established guidelines in the following sections of Waze Wiki:
Please read and follow the established guidelines in the following section of Wazeopedia:
Place Name Harmonization
In an effort to keep common Places the same across the region, the Territories wiki page now has a list to reference. The list includes Names, Alt Names, Categories, and Websites of Chain companies across the region. If you don't find the business you're looking for, please use this form to submit the missing information.
We recommend editors to use the Place Harmonizer Script.
Please watch the following developer's instructional videos Basic example of a non-chain place, Basic example of a chain place, Basic example of duplicate finder and error checking, WMEPH Whitelisting Feature, Place Info Cloning Feature (Rank 3+) or visit the [Script] WME Place Harmonizer: Version 1.1, Mar 2016 in the Waze Forum for more details and updates.
Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:
Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.
When adding a camera, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.
Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in the Puerto Rico region.
At this time there are not Speed or Red Light Cameras (not to be confused with Traffic cameras) been used in Puerto Rico. Please DO NOT MAP ANY CAMERAS!
To do list
Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.
Continue to collect speedlimit sign information for Mayor HW, Minor HW & Primary Roads!'
See Puerto Rico/To do for guidance in Puerto Rico that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
If you're editing in Puerto Rico, is a requirement that you turn on the LIVE USERS layer in the editor. If you see another editor show up where you are editing, and move around you, please check WME Chat. Also, check and see if you have a Private Message (PM) in the Forum. There may be an issue with the area you're editing in, or what you are doing. Never Be Unreachable!
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in the Puerto Rico region. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers the Puerto Rico region, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in the Puerto Rico region, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Puerto Rico region is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this territory and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.
|Puerto Rico — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): [RC] nnote ( )
| Country Managers (Territories region)|
| nnote(6) [ ]
|Country Wide|| |
Territories Regional Coordinator
|Territory Managers (Territories region)|
|cotero2002(5) [ ]||Island Wide|| |
Lifetime resident of Puerto Rico
| Area Managers |
|ggrane(5) [ ]||Country Wide|
|PedroskiPR(5) [ ]||Metropolitan Area|| |
|np3en(4) [ ]||Metropolitan Area, Northwest Area|| |
|Lexrav(3) [ ]||Metropolitan Area|| |
|uplinkpr(3) [ ]||North West|| |
|x556(3) [ ]||Metropolitan Area|| |
lifetime resident of Puerto Rico
The following editors are also editing in the state and may be working towards an Area Manager position. Feel free to contact them for assistance in their respective areas.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
|muchomac(3) [ ]||South West||Mainly edits in Cabo Rojo|
|MiguelPerezTolentino(3) [ ]||South East||Mainly edits in Humacao|
|illfoolya(2) [ ]||Metropolitan Area||Mainly edits in San Juan|
|haspeedy66(3) [ ]||Central Area|
|peterprw(1) [ ]||Metropolitan Area||Mainly edits in Guaynabo|
|RaquelCamachoMarti(2) [ ]||Metropolitan Area||Mainly edits in San Juan|
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