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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of the New England region. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this region might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or region refer to the community links below.

Due to small geographic size of the New England Region (NER) states, many map editors in this region are active in more than one state. This page highlights general particularities for editing in NER, and highlights some of the more notable differences between the states. Please see individual state pages for more localized details of Waze map editing.

This page provides general guidance for editing across the New England Region.
Please also see state-specific pages for localized details.


Introduction

The New England region includes the states and/or territories of:

Connecticut / Maine / Massachusetts / New Hampshire / Rhode Island / Vermont.

Each of these pages may have slightly different map guidance recommendations from the others in this region and other regions, so be sure to review the specific editing guidelines from that page before editing in New England.

The current primary Regional Coordinator is listed as orbitc (PM)  Profile L6.png for this region. This region also has the following Assistant Regional Coordinator listed: Banished (PM)  Profile L6.png.

All editors should have a real username, not a usa_username and are required to have their private messaging turned on.

Refer to the Glossary for common Waze related terms.


Mapping resources

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Before editing the maps in the New England 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.

Resources For new map editors

  • If you are looking for a video introduction to Waze map editing, see the Waze Map Editing Academy video playlist.
  • A Welcome Message to new map editors can be found here.
  • Please be aware copyrighted data from external sources generally cannot be used as references for map editing, unless personally verifiable, available within the Waze Map Editor interface (without the use of scripts), or in the public domain. Knowledge gleaned from examining photographs and videos are generally acceptable.


After getting their feet wet and having some experience with map editing, all map editors should review the this list of edits to avoid.

WME Scripts

Scripts are community-supported snippets of code which are loaded in your web browser in conjunction with the Waze Map Editor in order to enhance your map editing experience. Here are a few script which most editors find helpful. Please read the General installation instructions before installing scripts.

WME Chat addon Adds functionality to the chat window at the bottom left of your editing window
URComments Helps manage URs (update requests)
WME Toolbox Adds general functionality and flagging to the Waze Map Editor
WME Place Harmonizer Helps maintain a consistent "look and feel" for businesses which have more than one retail site.

State-Specific Resources

Additional map editing resources and reference maps which are state specific can be found on the respective state pages:

Connecticut Mapping Resources
Maine Mapping Resources
Massachusetts Mapping Resources
New Hampshire Mapping Resources
Rhode Island Mapping Resources
Vermont Mapping Resources


Community

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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 New England region.

Area Managers for New England can be found in the table below.

New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.

Formal Mentoring is a great tool to quickly learn the ropes of editing correctly and efficiently. It includes the potential for accelerated rank and role upgrades.

There is a Discord Server for New England editors. This is the primary and official communications link between editors within the region. Fill out this brief form to receive an invitation to join our Discord Server.

Additional state-specific community resources include:

CT ME MA NH RI VT
Waze State Forums CT Forum ME Forum MA Forum NH Forum RI Forum VT Forum
Twitter New England Twitter MA Twitter NH Twitter VT

Promotions

A common question amongst new editors is when editing rank promotions happen. The user's rank rises with experience, proficiency, community involvement, and recognition. A general description of the promotion process in the USA can be found here.

In order to protect the Waze map from inadvertent damage by new editors, it is noted that within the New England Region, promotions are not based solely on edit count, and new editors are monitored to ensure that they reach an appropriate level of mentoring and proficiency before being promoted.


Cities and towns

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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).

Duplicate cities can be caused by incorrectly named segments and should be corrected following the guidelines in the duplicate cities article.

Due to the different municipal organizational structures making up each state, the naming of cities and towns used within Waze are particular to each state. Please see the respective state guidance for additional details:

Connecticut Cities and Towns
Maine Cities and Towns
Massachusetts Cities and Towns
New Hampshire Cities and Towns
Rhode Island Cities and Towns
Vermont Cities and Towns


Major roads

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The New England region follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

Naming of the major roadways in the New England Region is specific to each state. Please see the respective state pages for details:

Connecticut Major Roads
Maine Major Roads
Massachusetts Major Roads
New Hampshire Major Roads
Rhode Island Major Roads
Vermont Major Roads


Naming Standards


We currently use "SR-XXX" ("State Route") for naming of state highways in: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. We use state abbreviations for naming of state highways in: Rhode Island ("RI-XXX") and Vermont ("VT-XXX").

Locking Roads


Locking standards for roads are as follows, with the note that Major Highways in Massachusetts are locked to 4.

In New England 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.

New England Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type CT/ME/NH/RI/VT  MA Only
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  Highest rank of connected segment
 Major Highway  3 4
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  1 (Auto)
 Street  1 (Auto)
 Private Road  1 (Auto)
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   5
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2

Note: Do Not Mass Edit just to update locks to these standards, these can be adjusted as you find them while editing other aspects of the segments such as FC, speed limits, naming, etc.

Some segments still warrant higher locks and care should be taken when setting segment lock to these standards to look for and protect these special setups with higher locks. Some examples; segments which are part of BDP, U-turn prevention, or using micro-doglegs, or other complex intersection setups.


Special roads

Drivable roads

The New England region follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.

Non-drivable roads

Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.

Please see respective state pages for any applicable state-specific handling of special road types (Dirt Roads, Walking and other multi-use trails, 4x4 Trails, Alleys, Driveways):

Connecticut Special Roads
Maine Special Roads
Massachusetts Special Roads
New Hampshire Special Roads
Rhode Island Special Roads
Vermont Special Roads


Closures

When managing a section of roadway under construction or being closed for a major event, follow the Wiki guidelines on construction zones and Real time closures.


The Federal Highway Administration keeps a website indexing all states that can provide highway and construction project information. Go to the page, find your state, and check the links for the desired information.


Places

The New England region follows the USA standard for Places. Do not deviate from the guidelines without first obtaining consensus to do so via the region forum linked on this page.

Minimum Acceptable Information

All Places added to the map must contain the following entries:

  • Proper Category
  • Place Name
  • Address (including address numbers)
  • Placed in the correct location on the map

This is the minimum acceptable amount of information for inclusion on the map, unless the location intrinsically does not have and address.

Phone Numbers

If a phone number is entered in the Place information, please utilize either of the following formats:

  • (###) ###-####
  • ###-###-####

Please correct the layout of any phone numbers you encounter while editing.


Locking Standard

New England Region Place Lock Level Standards
PLACE TYPE LOCK LEVEL
Military Installation / Airport 4
Hospitals / Urgent Care / Police & Fire Dept 4
National & State Parks and Monuments 4
Gas Stations / Charging Stations 3
Schools / Universities / Colleges 3
Government Buildings / Consulates 3
Subway, Commuter, and Passenger Rail Stations 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.


Area Editing

Area Mapping
When creating an Area, map it to the "fence line" of the area.

For instance, if you are mapping a shopping center, this means that you map the area to cover the shopping center buildings, and the parking lots out to the outer ring road (if applicable). If there is no ring road, or for smaller shopping centers, map to the curb line.

If you are mapping a school, you would map out to the fence line (if visible) or to a reasonable distance from the school.

RHODE ISLAND: The only exception to this in Rhode Island are schools that only have one major building on the property (such as public primary/secondary education schools). In these cases, the area should be drawn to match the general shape of the building, as most of these schools have unique enough shapes to meet the requirements for single structure area places.

Contact an AM, SM, CM, or Champ if you need assistance.

Hospitals / Urgent Care
Hospital Mapping
A special Category of Hospital / Medical Center is used for Hospitals, Medical Centers and Urgent Care facilities. ONLY Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and places offering Urgent Medical Care should use this category. Clinics, and Medical offices which do not offer urgent medical care for Walk-Ins should use the Office, and any other appropriate category, instead.

Set the Stop Point over the Main Entrance to the facility. Additionally, map the Emergency Entrance with the same category name, but place it over the Emergency entrance location. ERs encompassed in a hospital Place Area should be Points, and named in the following fashion: E.R. - Hospital Name

Layered Areas

Places which are part of a larger encompassing place (i.e. place points for lot in a university area, Separate ER entrances in a hospital area, etc.) should be named with their unique name followed by a hyphen and the name of the larger area they belong to. For example "E.R. - Generic Medical Center"

Parking Lots

The New England Region follows USA guidance for Parking Lots. In general, Parking Lot Areas (PLAs) should be added for all lots, including businesses with small parking lots (fewer than 10 spaces). Any improvements are helpful, but editors are encouraged to start with popular lots with heavy usage, map problem or update request flags and for MBTA stations; public (unrestricted) parking facilities including Park & Ride lots; and restricted lots (some restrictions apply, i.e. lots for customers or visitors only) associated with stadiums and event venues, shopping centers, etc.

Gas Stations
Gas Station

You should familiarize yourself with the Gas Stations wiki - specifically naming, branding, and stop points.

Also understand that to provide the best navigation instructions for a Wazer, u-turns should be enabled at each end of the PLR drawn through the gas station.

Cemeteries

Generally not mapped, although those with historical significance or useful as a navigation aid can be mapped. Internal roads should be mapped using the Parking Lot Road type if roads are warranted.

New England Region PNH Table - Click to Expand ---->>>>
Please note the listed spelling of the venue name, as well as the appropriate category. This is necessary for the proper display of any advertising associated with the site.
View this list full-screen in Google Sheets

Place Name Harmonization

In an effort to standardize Place Names, the New England Region uses Place Name Harmonization/PNH (expandable table above), a reference table of common businesses and venue names and characteristics.

Helpful Scripts
If you are working on places, a couple scripts can make the editing process a lot more efficient. As always with scripts, be cautious and please reach out to a senior editor with any questions on how they work.

  • WME Place Harmonizer (WMEPH) uses the PNH table (referenced above) to standardize names, format data, provide an easy interface for adding services, and automatically lock a place once the minimum information has been added. For chains, please submit new chain data for any that are not in the database. Note: WMEPH is now available for all editors, including R1.
  • WME Closest Segment helps editors determine the closest segment to the navigation stop point of a place. The script shows a line from a selected point place (or its navigation stop point for area places) to the nearest road segment.


Cameras

Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:

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    a speed camera takes a photograph of a vehicle when it passes by the camera at too high a speed.
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    a red light camera takes a photograph of a vehicle that enters an intersection after the light is red. In some areas, it takes the photograph when a vehicle is not clear of the intersection some period after the light turns red.

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 New England region.

Based on information researched at the time this page was created, neither red light cameras nor speed cameras are legal in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Vermont. Please reach out to regional leadership if you believe they have been deployed and need to be mapped in Waze. Other types of cameras which may be legal, such as traffic monitoring cameras, are not used for ticketing purposes and are not mapped in Waze.

Red light cameras and speed cameras are legal in Rhode Island. Please see the RI Wazeopedia for details.



To do list

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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.


This region does not currently have an active "to do" list at this time. Check in the New England section of the Waze forums to discuss creating one.


Other

Update Request Resolution Policy

The New England Region follows the USA standard for Update Requests (URs) outlined HERE. Due to difference in volume of Wazers and URs, the different states have different lifecycle goals, shown below:

Update Request Lifecycle

Connecticut Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire Rhode Island Vermont
Initial Response to New URs 24 Hours 36 Hours 36 Hours 1 Day
Reminder 4 Days 4 Days 4 Days 4 Days
Close 7 Days 7 Days 7 Days 10 Days

Initial Response:

  • If the solution is obvious, fix the issue, leave a comment, and close out the report as "Solved".
  • Otherwise, if there's ANY ambiguity to the problem, leave a comment asking for further clarification. This starts the UR response clock as Day 1.

Reminder:

  • If the reporter hasn't responded within the reminder interval, leave a reminder comment that additional information is required to resolve the report and it will be closed soon if there is no response.

Close:

  • If the reporter replies with the sufficient information to resolve the report, the UR is closed as appropriate.
  • If the reporter does not responded after the close interval (from the time of the Initial Response), leave a comment letting the reporter know the UR is being closed, and save the report as "Not identified".

Notes:

  • If the Wazer responds, but further clarification is still required, the response clock starts over at Day 1 as the editor awaits new information.
  • If you find a UR which is older than 7 days which has not been touched by another editor but requires additional information to resolve, apologize for the late response and ask if the reporter still remembers the problem and can clarify. This starts the UR response clock as Day 1.

Update Request Ownership

  • All editors are considered to have equal ownership and responsibility for all URs.
  • All editors are encouraged to attempt to resolve URs at any point during their lifecycle, provided the response time guidance is followed, even if other editors happen to be actively working the report.
  • If an editor has asked for clarification and received a response from the reporter, as a courtesy, please give the initial editor a few days to work on a resolution before taking over the UR.

Things to remember

  • The main objective is to resolve legitimate map issues, not just to close URs. Take the time to understand the issue and ensure the reporter has the allotted time to respond.
  • Even though you may be a volunteer editor, you still represent Waze; be professional and objective with your responses.
  • Keep responses short; some folks might be responding in the Waze app and reading long responses can be a pain!
  • You should always leave a comment on a UR, even if you're just closing out old reports.
  • Plugins such as URO+, UR Comments, and UR-MP Tracking can make responding to URs much easier. Check them out!
  • Be sure to review the Wiki documentation on Handling Update Requests, especially the section about Response Etiquette.

Live Users

If you're editing in New England, we ask 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!

Area Managers

The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in the New England region. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers the New England region, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in the New England 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 New England region is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this region and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.

New England — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators
Regional Coordinator(s):
[RC] orbitc (PM)  Profile L6.png
[ARC1] Banished (PM)  Profile L6.png
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (New England region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
orbitc(6) [PM] Profile L6.png
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  Orbit C
Regional Coordinator for New England BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge MapRaider.pngBadge GlobalChamp.pngBadge Mentor Global Champ.png
Global Champ
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  banished
Assistant Regional Coordinator BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge GlobalChamp.png
Dmcrandall(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
Avatar Dmcrandall.jpg
  David
Mountain States, New England & US Territories Badge Mentor.pngBadge CountryManager.pngBadge MapRaider.png
US Country Mgr - AZ Resident
SanzClew(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
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  Sanz Clew
MA and RI State Manager Badge CountryManager.png
Moved here 40 yrs ago - most of it on the South Shore
Region Managers (New England region)
GooberKing(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
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  Goober King
RI and CT State Manager & NER Multi-State Manager Badge StateManager.png Recently converted Masshole
jaywazin(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
J
  Jay
MA State Manager & NER Multi-State Manager Badge StateManager.png
Based out of the Boston Metro area
johnsninja58(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
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  John S
VT State Manager & NER Multi-State Manager Badge StateManager.png
I drive up and down the Northeast Coast; VT State Manager
Moogonk(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
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  Moogonk
NH State Manager & NER Multi-State Manager Badge StateManager.png
Resident NH State Manager.
mudge42(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
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  Mitch
MA State Manager & NER Multi-State Manager Badge StateManager.png
Live and drive mostly in Metrowest MA
Jallen(5) [PM] Profile L5.png CT State Manager Also covers I-684 & Saw Mill River Parkway corridor in New York
Robert04101(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
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  Robert04101
ME State Manager Badge StateManager.png Former Boston resident, frequent traveler through MA
SNYOWL(4) [PM] Profile L4.png
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  KathyM
MA State Manager Badge Mentor.pngBadge MapRaider.pngBadge StateManager.png
Live in Central MA, AM northern ME


Other states and territories

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