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MapRaid is a time-limited event where map editors join together to vastly improve the overall condition of their pre-determined area of the map. This time, it is the rural western Pennsylvania (PA) area! Please read the entire MapRaid wiki.

This raid, Sept. 17-25, 2017, is designed for editors at Rank 1, 2 and 3. Higher ranked editors who are local to the area, as well as other mentors, will be available to help. If you are not sure about anything, ask! Take this raid as a learning opportunity. The more you learn, and the more positive interaction you get with the senior editors, the better you can prepare yourself for a future rank upgrade or area expansion.

You must be in MapRaid Discord to be able to edit in this MapRaid.


We will use Discord to communicate. There is a Pennsylvania Raid general channel and also a channel for each raid group. You must be in Discord to be able to edit in this MapRaid

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

MapRaid Goals

Primary Goal

Improve the basemap. Read through the following slides to learn how.

Secondary Goals

  • Improve routing and navigation within the designated area quickly
  • Solve and respond to User Reports
  • Update pending Places (Place Update Requests)


Please follow all guidance for Pennsylvania, it has all of the specific details that you need to know before editing in PA.

Do Not Mass-Edit

Please DO NOT perform edits that affect large numbers of segments at once. We want to be able to see how URs and other problems got resolved. Those who cause issues by mass editing the map may be removed from the raid, blocked from future mapraids or possibly banned from editing.

UR Timeframe

We will follow the usual US UR etiquette with one exception: we wait for only 4 days to add the reminder to URs and 4 days after the reminder to close the UR. Do not close URs if the UR contains any type of [TAG], check with the editor who placed the tag.

Road Locks

In Pennsylvania 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.

Pennsylvania 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.


Pennsylvania generally follows the US standards for Places, but there are some exceptions: All Places are to be locked to a minimum level of Rank 2. If these are new Places, please try to add the street address at a minimum, preferably a web address and phone as well, before locking. Places considered fundamental to the functioning of the Waze app, such as Gas Stations, should be locked to Rank 4. Complex, intricate, or crucial Places such as Hospitals, Police Stations, Fire Departments, Airports, Parks, etc. should be locked at least to Rank 4.

Reference Links

The Basics

Recommended Tools for MapRaid

Here are some instructions for using the WME PA GIS Map script:

Mapping Resources

PASDA Pennsylvania online Atlas

For more information, please see Pennsylvania/Resources

County Resource(s) Group
1 2 3 4
Adams GIS 3
Allegheny GIS 4
Blair GIS 3 4
Butler GIS 1 4
Cambria GIS and FC 3 4
Centre GIS 2
Clearfield GIS 1 2 3 4
Clinton GIS 2
Crawford parcel server 1
Cumberland GIS 3
Erie townships 1
Fayette Parcels 4
Forest GIS 1
Franklin Parcels 3
Fulton GIS - Requires Free Userid Here 3
Huntingdon GIS 3
Juniata Parcel 1 4
Lycoming Parcel 2
Mifflin Parcel 3
Perry GIS 3
Potter Parcel 2
Snyder GIS 3
Tioga GIS 2
Union GIS 2
Venango parcels 1
Westmoreland GIS 4
York Parcels 3