This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Massachusetts. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 WME Scripts
- 4 Community
- 5 Cities and towns
- 6 Major roads
- 6.1 Road Types
- 6.1.1 Important Note
- 6.1.2 Functional Classification
- 6.1.3 Details of MassDOT Functional Classification Standard
- 6.2 Locking Standard
- 6.3 Roadway Naming
- 6.1 Road Types
- 7 Speed Limits
- 8 Special roads
- 9 Closures
- 10 Places
- 11 Cameras
- 12 To do list
- 13 Other
- 14 Area Managers
- 15 Other states and territories
- 16 About this page
Massachusetts is a part of the New England region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Thank you for your interest in editing Waze maps in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please note Massachusetts 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.
Before editing the maps in Massachusetts, 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.
City Level Mapping Resources
- See MA Cities and Towns for links to city/town GIS pages and/or PLAT maps.
State Level Mapping Resources
- Statewide GIS (OLIVER) - When there is a discrepancy between a City's GIS and this one, default to the City GIS. If you have any questions, please contact a State Manager.
- Road Inventory Map - Interactive MassDOT map showing the most commonly requested Road Inventory attributes, Functional Classification, Jurisdiction, National Highway System, Federal Functional classification, and Federal-Aid Eligibility.
MassDOT provides a variety of GIS datasets, for those who wish to download or use other viewers. Start here: MassDOT Open Data Portal
Useful scripts to help you start your WME career. Please read the General installation instructions before installing scripts.
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 Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts section of Waze forum
- The New England 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.
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 Channel for Massachusetts editors. This is the primary and official communications link. Feel free to ask for an invitation from the RC or any Massachusetts State SM listed below.
The Massachusetts editing community also communicates using Twitter (linked below) and the state forum.
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).
When editing roads and places, please make sure you enter the correct name.
There are 351 officially recognized Cities and Towns in the commonwealth. See the MA City List Page for proper naming information.
DO NOT Use ANY of the "Greater *** Area" or "*** Center" "Towns" and rename roads you come across.
Conflicting/Duplicate City Names
In some specific instances, there are duplicate street names sharing the same official city designation. In these cases, neighborhood names may be used to differentiate the street segments. Before making city name changes, contact a state manager to verify, so that we can document the specific adjustments below.
Massachusetts Functional Classification settings are dictated by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), at the request of the local jurisdictions, and in coordination with neighboring states. If you do not agree with our FC levels, please petition MassDOT to change the rating they've assigned.
Do NOT make random changes on your own.
Functional Classification updates in Massachusetts have been completed. This will ensure a consistent, and better navigational experience to Wazers around the state and country. The general guidelines for implementation are in the Road types page. Any local deviations, and special information for Massachusetts will be listed below.
PLEASE REFER TO THIS FORUM TOPIC ON THE MATTER - Road Types – comprehensive overhaul of drivable roads
|In Massachusetts, a road designated "Private Way" indicates that it has not been accepted by a municipality to bear the expense and responsibility for maintenance and improvement. However, the public is generally still allowed the right of access onto private ways, and therefore these roads are typically set as "Street" type and should not routinely be set as "Private Road" type. Please see forum post at Private Road vs "Private Way", and contact a Massachusetts State Manager if you have questions.|
In Massachusetts 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.
|Highest rank of connected segments|
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.
Massachusetts follows the US Road Naming conventions for Interstate, US and State routes, with the following considerations.
The naming format for Numbered State Highways in Massachusetts is "SR-###".
State alternate routes have signage of "###A". Do NOT use the style employed for US alternate routes "US-### ALT" when naming state alternate routes. Instead, use Waze names of the form SR-###A. Example: "SR-2A"
Cardinal Direction indicators will be used in accordance with National standards, except in the following situations:
- Undivided US Highway/State Highway
- US Highway with a primary name other than "US-##"
- State Highway with a primary name other than "SR-##"
City Names on Freeway Segments
If a road segment is classified as a Freeway, there shall be No City Names listed, as well as no Alternate Names.
- For the "Mass Turnpike," we add the name "Mass Pike" to the on-ramp name.
City Names on MH/mH Numbered Highways
With the exception of Freeway segments (as mentioned above) all road segments should have a Primary city name assigned to them.
If a segment has more than one State/US route number, follow the Concurrent Road Naming guidelines from the Wiki. Just remember, please no city names in the Alt Name field for numbered routes. (see examples on the right)
If a Major/Minor classed segment is not a numbered highway, there should be no alternate names listed.
Clear as mud? Contact the State Manager if you need help figuring this out.
PS and Lower
List the Primary street name, and city. No Alternate names are to be listed.
These are named highways in Massachusetts which also carry numbered designations. Some are simply names of streets which carry a numbered route(s). Roads named after people/organizations were generally done so ceremoniously, after the numeric designation(s) already existed. Others carry more general names, such as the Southeast Expressway and Central Artery in Boston (which both refer to the same continuous span of I-93).
Several named highways cover the entire length of a given route in Massachusetts; for example, all of Interstate 90 in Massachusetts is the Massachusetts Turnpike, and the entire length of Route 213 is the Loop Connector.(*) denotes that the named highway spans the entire length of the numbered route in the state.
Massachusetts 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
- Dead ends and culs-de-sac
- 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.
Private Rds vs PLRs
There is a whole section of the national wiki regarding the "Private Road" road type.
This section only provides guidance in the state regarding whether or not a segment should be Private vs Parking Lot Road.
If a road is signed as "Private Property", "No Trespassing", or has a security gate on it, map it with a Private Road segment. Apartment complex driveways, parking lots, and everything else gets a Parking Lot Road (PLR) segment.
Please see discussion above regarding roads signed as a "Private Way" - which normally should NOT be set as a Private Road.
If you have any questions, please contact a State Manager.
- Alleys should always be mapped if they have a name.
- Alleys should always be mapped if they are the sole access to a home or business.
- Alleys should always be set to "Private" (Northeast regional standard)
- Alleys are normally mapped if they are acknowledged by the municipality.
If an alley does not meet the above criteria, mapping is optional. Leave the name field blank.
|Please follow the following guidelines for Private Driveways. Wiki standard can be found here. Driveways|
Mapping rural driveways
- If an address/location cannot be reasonably guided to without a private drive, it can be added.
- Single house at the end of a 1mi (1609m) private drive, and that's the only house, it probably isn't needed.
- If it's 5 houses at the end of a single shared 1/4mi (402m) long private drive, it probably is needed.
- If it's a house at the end of a 500m (1640 ft) long private drive which is right up against another street from which you cannot access the address (stop point will be on the segment closest), then a private drive is probably needed.
They should only be used in rare cases. Walking Trails may have strange side effects on nearby routing. Never use the Walking Trail road type for ordinary hiking paths or bike paths. Most hiking and bicycling paths should not be on the map at all.
The WME lists the Walking Trail road type as non-drivable. Historically, editors have disconnected Walking Trails to make sure Waze doesn't route drivers over them. This doesn't always work as desired. If a disconnected Walking Trail comes closer to a destination than any other road, Waze may route drivers to a location nearer to the Walking Trail than to the destination. This problem can be severe for Walking Trails passing close to many destinations in a dense neighborhood. Connected or not, the Walking Trail type should never be used where effects on local routing are not desired.
Massachusetts has scheduled ferry service between Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard. Please consult with the State Manager before making changes to the ferry system.
Turns, U-Turns and Turn Restrictions
In Massachusetts it is legal to make a left turn across one double yellow line. Please do not disallow left turns due to URs reporting “dangerous” or “too difficult” turns, without consulting a State Manager.
Please be aware of physically divided roadways that are not divided in Waze. Check the satellite image closely before changing left turn restrictions along such roadways.
U-Turns are legal at all street intersections, unless signed as restricted. When in doubt, check Street View.
Massachusetts uses the USA standard for toll roads as follows:
Roads with tolls can be indicated by checking the Toll road box on the road segment properties tab. Mark a segment as a toll road only if: there is a toll booth, transponder reader, or other tolling device within, or at either end of the segment Do not check the toll box setting for segments that lead up to the final toll segment even if they have no other exit except the final toll segment. In the case of a bridge that is tolled in only one direction, divide the road where the toll is collected and mark only the segment with the toll booth as a toll road.
Massachusetts Transportation Departments have never met a roundabout they didn't like. They're everywhere. Please don't make adjustments to them unless you know exactly what you are doing. Some intersections that look like a roundabout may only be a traffic circle. Check with a State Mgr if you have a question.
This is the list of long term closures in the state. They are either marked as closed in the Map, or they are disconnected, depending on the length of the closure.
If you have something to add, please contact the State Mgr.
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.
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.
|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|
|MBTA Subway and Commuter 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.
- Boston Place Browser - In combination with the Place Name Harmonization list, this is an invaluable tool for working on existing places. Be sure to click the About tab to get an overview of the tool.
Place Name Harmonization
In an effort to standardize Place Names, Massachusetts uses the following list of Common names. Please note the appropriate category name, as well as the listed spelling. This is necessary for the proper display of any advertising associated with the site (i.e. recent Panera and Subway campaigns)
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. Contact a AM, SM, CM, or Champ for assistance.
Hospitals / Urgent Care
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
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"
Massachusetts 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.
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 Massachusetts.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, Massachusetts does not have any laws regarding red light or speed cameras, therefore they may be present in the state.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
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.
Don't EVER let it be said that there's nothing to do in Massachusetts (for editing, that is).
Our current priorities are:
- Functional Classification
- Ramp Name Standardization
- Gas Stations
- Place Name Harmonization
- City Names Corrections
URs to update, PURs to approve. Tourist destinations to add and update. So on and so forth.
However, the Massachusetts/To do list has a county by county breakdown of Functional Classification updates that still need to be completed for Massachusetts.
Please, help out where you can..and ASK QUESTIONS!
Working with URs
Massachusetts has adopted a 36hr/4/7 day standard when dealing with User Requests.
When responding to URs, please remember the wise words of the scholar, brevity is the soul of wit.
More than likely, the user is going to be reading your response in the Waze App, so try and keep it as short as possible, while still conveying the information, or request desired.
If you're editing in Massachusetts, 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!
2015 Boston MapRaid
You can find information on the Great 2015 Boston MapRaid here.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Massachusetts. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Massachusetts, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Massachusetts, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Massachusetts is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.
|Massachusetts — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators|
[RC] orbitc ( )
[ARC1] Banished ( )
GHO Display Name
|Country Managers (New England region)|
|orbitc(6) [ ]
|Entire State of MA, also DE, NJ, PA. NY, ME, CT, NH, RI, VT|
Global Champ / Coordinator of Northeast & New England
|banished(6) [ ]
Assistant Regional Coordinator
|SanzClew(6) [ ]
Moved here 40 yrs ago - most of it on the South Shore
|Dmcrandall(5) [ ]
US Country Mgr - AZ Resident
|State Managers (New England region)|
|jaywazin(5) [ ]
|MA State Manager|
Multi-State Manager for New England Region. Based out of the Boston Metro area
|mudge42(5) [ ]
|MA State Manager|
Multi-State Manager for New England Region. Live and drive mostly in Metrowest MA
|GooberKing(5) [ ]
|RI and CT State Manager||Multi-State Manager NER and Recently converted Masshole|
|johnsninja58(5) [ ]
Multi-State Manager for New England Region. I drive up and down the Northeast Coast; VT State Manager
|Moogonk(5) [ ]
Multi-State Manager for New England Region. Resident NH State Manager.
|Robert04101(5) [ ]
|ME State Manager||Former Boston resident, frequent traveler through MA|
|SNYOWL(5) [ ]
|MA State Manager|
NER Multi-State Manager Live in Central MA
|W1QA(4) [ ]
|VT State Manager|
|Area Managers |
|juliansean(5) [ ]||Boston|
|mtb2314(4) [ ]||Boston area|
Maryland SM with AM area in Boston.
|bobc455(4) [ ]||LAM for Western MA, Southern VT, North Shore MA||I have coverage in much of the rest of the MA too from lots of driving|
|tenetienne(4) [ ]
|Metrowest and AM in northeastern Mass|
MetroWest - Been here since '75
|dodgingcones(3) [ ]
|Cambridge, Greater Boston and Falmouth||Traveling often between Boston, NY and Montreal|
|QuebecRefugee(3) [ ]
|Holyoke/Chicopee Area, Cape Cod|
Live in Western MA, work on projects throughout MA and CT.
|Thangorodrim(3) [ ]
Work-Spfld, Live-Worc. Co., drive-hither, thither, and yon
|tigger13090(3) [ ]
|NY / AL / MA|
Resides in Syracuse
|twilde42(3) [ ]||Greater Boston||Live in the South End, work in Cambridge, often drive for Lyft all around the area.|
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|
|eaglestailg8ter(4) [ ]
|Monthly visitor to SE MA, Mid Atlantic & New England|
Live Philly Burbs, AM NW Missouri, E Kansas, SE Nebraska, KC Metro - Columbia
|Cerebusfangirl(3) [ ]
|Southcoast||From Bridgewater down to Fairhaven, east to the Cape and up to Boston|
|chiles4me(3) [ ]
|Merrimack Valley||Also southern NH, NYC Area sometimes|
|firefighterdude(3) [ ]||Springfield Area|
Visit the area several times each year. AM in NY.
|itismejoey(3) [ ]||Merrimack Valley||Also Derry NH AM|
|jnh73(3) [ ]||Route 95 and 93 corridors; South Shore||Born in Mass., live in N.H.|
|mikejeep47(3) [ ]||Merrimack Valley||Also Lakes Region NH AM|
|rmcmanusjr(3) [ ]
|Pittsfield and Tyringham Areas||with travel throughout the state|
|CMassStan(2) [ ]||Central MA||Periodic coverage throughout New England|
|Cojaxson(2) [ ]
Rhode Island Resident, Works in MA
|DamianJBurgos(2) [ ]||Boston MA||Born & Raised in the ♥️ of Boston|
|Dewdranch(2) [ ]||South Shore / Southeast MA||Middleboro based|
|Elli21486(2) [ ]||Boston and Northward||Typically edit in Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Lynn, East Boston, and Boston's North End/Waterfront|
|DrkDsrt76(2) [ ]||MetroWest, Boston, and most of Eastern Mass||Live in the MetroWest area and I edit where I drive|
|Scott_h(2) [ ]||Boston to Worcester editor||MetroWest based|
|thatsprettypunny(2) [ ]||[mostly] Western Mass||Resident of Acton. I edit wherever I have driven|
|dpwardgt(1) [ ]||Cambridge, Somerville, Charlestown|
|MrMeaf(1) [ ]||Cape Cod/Statewide||Cape resident, frequent traveler through the state. State National Guard.|
|Christina12341(1) [ ]||Carlisle, MA and beyond|
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