New Jersey/Map Raid Shore Discussion History

We're heading down to the shore early this season.
MapRaid New Jersey May 2015
27 May 2015 at 19:00 UTC (2 PM EDT) through 3 June 2015
This map raid region is affectionately known as "The Shore" in New Jersey and by many surrounding states even by Canada.
Wintertime population is a little over a million, but summertime population is ten times more.
Let's do a MapRaid to help Wazers find their favorite places and find better ways to get to them this summer and every summer!

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Our primary mission is to handle

  • URs,
  • MPs,
  • PURs (Places)
  • Delete every camera in the raid area.
  • General map verification and,
  • Functional Classification.

Local Hosts

Editor Location Role
orbitc (PM [Help])  Profile L2.png All of New Jersey Waze Global Champ
MapRaid Manager
PhantomSoul (PM [Help])  Profile L2.png All of New Jersey NJ State Manager
NJ MapRaid Organizer
qwaletee (PM [Help])  Profile L2.png All of New Jersey US Country Manager
NJ MapRaid Organizer
PleaseDriveFast (PM [Help])  Profile L2.png North & Central New Jersey North & Central AM
Fredo-p (PM [Help])  Profile L2.png Union & Ocean City AZ State Manager
Kobes1878 (PM [Help])  Profile L2.png All of New Jersey NJ State Manager
NJ MapRaid Organizer
LeoKantus (PM [Help])  Profile L2.png South & Central Jersey South & Central Area Manager


Please read the entire NJ MapRaid wiki. If you are still uncertain what to do about something you see on the map, please ask your group leader Thank You for your help with the map.

Mapraid UR Rules

We will follow the usual US UR etiquette with one exception: During the Map raid, the wait time is reduced to 3 days.

Do not close URs if the UR contains a tag such as [NOTE], [CLOSURE], or any other [MESSAGE].

Please Do Not Mass-Edit

DO NOT perform edits that affect large numbers of segments at once. We utilize many micro doglegs throughout the state to engineer turn- vs. stay/keep/exit instructions. You need to zoom in very close to see these micro-doglegs.

Local Guidance

Road Types, Names, and Functional Classification (FC)

In New Jersey, we follow the general US standards for road types based on the hybrid rule of FC and Route Type. In New Jersey, all roads with a numbered marker of any type are colloquially referred to as Routes, regardless of whether any particular route has been built into something that resembles a true highway or not. We distinguish the 3 different types of routes found in the state as follows:

  • Federal: I-195 E, US-9
  • State: SR-35 S, SR-72
  • County: CR-537, CR-4

You can read more about this in Concurrent names on US roads.

Locking Standards

In New Jersey 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 Jersey Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type Statewide
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  Highest rank of connected segments
 Major Highway  3
 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.

These are the minimum lock level guidelines. Before locking a road, be sure its information is complete and up to date, including house numbers, if available.

  • Complex places, such as airports, hospitals, police/fire departments, or many urban parks should be locked at Level 4.
  • Gas stations also be locked at least to Level 4, but only after at least all the Brand, Name, and Address have been filled in.


For more information on Places editing in New Jersey, please read New Jersey - Places.

Un-signaled Left Turns

Left turns are allowed wherever they are not expressly prohibited (see below). It is OK to turn left over a double-yellow line into a driveway or private road or parking lot. Double-yellow lines are generally interrupted at a public street where a left turn is permitted.

Left turns are prohibited when:

  • a posted sign prohibits the left turn
  • there are two double yellow lines Sometimes, there is a raised median or diagonal striping between.This is often seen in the form of the "bubble" prior to a dedicated left turn lane,
  • there is a dedicated left turn lane in the main road, not counting a bi-directional "suicide" center turn lane.


On most of New Jersey's major divided roads with at-grade intersections, direct U- and left turns are prohibited. PLEASE DO NOT ENABLE THEM! Instead, a freeway-interchange-style connector, called a jughandle, is provided along the right side of the road, either before or after the intersection, to facilitate right, left, U-turns, or any combination thereof. Even though they are constructed at grade, we map them with the Ramp type to keep the segment name (often found on freeway-exit-style BGS). Please do not change their road types.

Please read more about New Jersey's unique jughandle system.


Please remove all cameras. No mercy.


Info can be found here.

Rest area

There are fair number of rest areas in New Jersey. All rest areas should follow the same naming guideline: Examples:

  • Rest Area - I-77 mile 45 Beckley Travel Plaza
  • Rest Area (no facilities) - I-75 S mile 15 (Scenic View)
  • Rest Area - I-65 S Alabama Welcome Center

The rule is: Rest Area {([vehicle type] only, no facilities)} - [highway] {direction} mile [mile] {Rest Area unique name} {([special type])}

You can read more about this at US Rest area place naming guidelines

Mapping Resources

County Maps


Communication will be handled primarily in #Slack Channels. There is a New Jersey Raid general channel and also a channel for each raid group. Please be sure to join the slack WazeMapRaid Team and join the channels for the specific MapRaid and group you are assigned to. If you are not already part of the WazeMapRaid slack team, Click here to get your Slack invitation. Be sure to choose WazeMapRaid to the MapRaid question. If you have trouble getting into the slack team and channels, please reach out to one of the MapRaid organizers.

WME chat can also be used. The WME Chat addon is recommended.

Reference Links

The Basics

Recommended Tools for MapRaid

  • UR Comments - a tremendous time and labor saving tool with automation and integration with URO+, to help with working URs. Read the documentation. Tamper monkey required
  • The WME Reference Sheet[PDF] is a printable double-sided tri-fold quick reference guide to some of the common topics used in WME.
  • Validator is a script that validates a map area in Waze Map Editor, highlights issues and generates a very detailed report with wiki references and solutions.
    • Chrome browser: please download the script at Chrome Web Store
    • Firefox browser: please download the script at -- tamper monkey or grease monkey required
  • WME Chat Addon is a script that improves the WME chat GUI. For a list of all the features check the thread here -- Tapermonkey/Greasmonkey required.


Check back here after the raid is completed to see the results and achievements

MapRaid Promotions

Some editors really let their bright side out, and let their community skills shine. This is even more evident in a concerted group effort with high-density editing like a MapRaid!. Editors of all ranks working closely with each other and the Champs, really lets us everyone get to know each other, and allows certain editors to be recognized for their skills and effort.

When the Champs see someone consistently editing well, interacting well with the community, and knowledgeable of the various details from the Wiki, they can issue promotions. This can be anything from the size of a managed area, to a rank increase, or even a new role.

Watch here for results of promotions during and after the raid.


Slack Links - New Jersey Raid general channel

01-Bay Shore02-Red Bank03-Asbury Park04-Pt Pleasant05-Toms River06-Long Beach Island07-Atlantic City08-Ocean City09-Cape MaySlack New Jersey 01-Bay ShoreSlack New Jersey 02-Red BankSlack New Jersey 03-Asbury ParkSlack New Jersey 04-Pt PleasantSlack New Jersey 05-Toms RiverSlack New Jersey 06-Long Beach IslandSlack New Jersey 07-Atlantic CitySlack New Jersey 08-Ocean CitySlack New Jersey 09-Cape MayMap of New Jersey with Jersey Shore map raid groups shown
Click on your map raid group to edit in your area
OrbitC (PM [Help])  Profile L2.png -- Regional Coordinator