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Information related to using Waze in the State of Texas.
Cities and towns
There are 6386 Cities and Towns spread across 254 counties in the state. See Cities in Texas for proper naming information.
As of this time, Texas is NOT participating in the new Functional Classification of roads.
In late 2012 a discussion was started in the Connecticut Section of the Waze Forum that determined the existing worldwide guideline of "don't map individual businesses" wasn't enough and we needed a more complete set of guidelines for landmarks in worldwide. As a result of that discussion a set of guidelines was created. If you wish to propose changes to these guidelines, please do so in the forum. As always, the worldwide rule of "don't map individual businesses" still applies.
Please do not forget that a recent update to WME has enabled the Address properties for Landmarks (City, State & Country) and ensure this information is filled out & correct.
When to use Area or Point in Texas
Here is the Texas guidance on selecting Area or Point for Places in the Waze Map Editor. All areas are to be landmarked from fence line to fence line to include all parking lots, roads, and anything associated with the property.
The Primary Category for a Place is used to determine whether to use a Point or Area.
|Car Services||Car Wash||Point|
|Car Services||Charging Station||Point|
|Car Services||Garage / Automotive Shop||Point|
|Car Services||Gas Station||Area||Many gas stations also have convenience stores and ATMs. Remember to use "Gas Station" as the primary category and the add any others which are relevant.|
|Car Services||Parking Lot||Both||There are very few parking lots which should be mapped at all. Please see the Places/Parking lot article.|
|Transportation||Bridge||NONE||Bridges are not landmarked|
|Transportation||Bus Station||Both||Greyhound stations are area, city bus stops, point|
|Transportation||Junction / Interchange||NONE||Junctions are not landmarked|
|Transportation||Seaport / Marina / Harbor||Area||Size-dependent.|
|Transportation||Tunnel||NONE||Tunnels are not landmarked|
|Professional and public||Cemetery||NONE|
|Professional and public||City Hall||Area|
|Professional and public||College / University||Area|
|Professional and public||Conventions / Event Center||Area||Size-dependent|
|Professional and public||Courthouse||Area|
|Professional and public||Embassy / Consulate||Area|
|Professional and public||Factory / Industrial||NONE||Industry is not landmarked|
|Professional and public||Fire Department||Area|
|Professional and public||Government||Area|
|Professional and public||Hospital / Medical Care||Area|
|Professional and public||Information Point||Point|
|Professional and public||Kindergarten||Point|
|Professional and public||Library||Point|
|Professional and public||Military||NONE||See military bases|
|Professional and public||Offices||NONE||Offices are not landmarked|
|Professional and public||Organization or Association||Point|
|Professional and public||Police Station||Area|
|Professional and public||Prison / Correctional Facility||None||Prisons are not landmarked|
|Professional and public||Post Office||Area|
|Professional and public||Religious Center||Area|
|Professional and public||School||Area|
|Shopping and services||Arts & Crafts||Point|
|Shopping and services||ATM||NONE|
|Shopping and services||Bank / Financial||Point|
|Shopping and services||Bookstore||Point|
|Shopping and services||Car Dealership||Point||Size-dependent|
|Shopping and services||Car Rental||Point|
|Shopping and services||Convenience Store||Point|
|Shopping and services||Currency Exchange||Point|
|Shopping and services||Department Store||Point|
|Shopping and services||Electronics||Point|
|Shopping and services||Fashion and Clothing||Point|
|Shopping and services||Flowers||Point|
|Shopping and services||Furniture / Home Store||Point|
|Shopping and services||Gifts||Point|
|Shopping and services||Gym / Fitness||Point|
|Shopping and services||Hardware Store||Point|
|Shopping and services||Jewelry||Point|
|Shopping and services||Laundry / Dry Cleaning||Point|
|Shopping and services||Market||Point|
|Shopping and services||Music Store||Point|
|Shopping and services||Personal Care||Point|
|Shopping and services||Pet Store / Veterinarian||Point|
|Shopping and services||Pharmacy||Point|
|Shopping and services||Photography||Point|
|Shopping and services||Shopping Center||Area|
|Shopping and services||Sporting Goods||Point|
|Shopping and services||Supermarket / Grocery||Point||Standalone could be an Area, but a Point if it is part of larger shopping mall/center.|
|Shopping and services||Swimming Pool||Point|
|Shopping and services||Toy Store||Point|
|Shopping and services||Travel Agency||Point|
|Food and drink||Bakery||Point|
|Food and drink||Bar||Point|
|Food and drink||Coffee shop||Point|
|Food and drink||Dessert||Point|
|Food and drink||Fast Food||Point|
|Food and drink||Food Court||Point|
|Food and drink||Ice Cream||Point|
|Food and drink||Restaurant||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Art Gallery||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Casino||Area||There's only one casino in Texas|
|Culture & entertainment||Club||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Game Club||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Movie Theater||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Museum||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Music Venue||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Performing Arts Venue||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Racing Track||Area|
|Culture & entertainment||Stadium / Arena||Area|
|Culture & entertainment||Theme Park||Area|
|Culture & entertainment||Theater||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Tourist Attraction / Historic Site||Both||Size-dependent. If not sure, ask|
|Culture & entertainment||Zoo / Aquarium||Area||Size-dependent|
|Other||Construction Site||NONE||Not necessary to be mapped.|
|Other||Residence / Home||NONE||Not to be mapped|
|Lodging||Bed & Breakfast||Point|
|Lodging||Camping / Trailer Park||Point|
|Lodging||Cottage / Cabin||Point|
|Outdoors||Promenade||Point||Unsure about mapping these at all|
|Outdoors||Scenic Lookout / Viewpoint||Point|
|Outdoors||Ski Area||NONE||Not in Texas|
|Natural features||Forest / Grove||Area||Only map official state/national forests, not every stand of trees.|
|Natural features||River / Stream||NONE|
|Natural features||Sea / Lake / Pond||NONE|
Major construction projects
See TxDot for a list of LONG TERM road closures & changes to traffic flow that impact the Waze map.
- Divided Highways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and Traffic Circles
- FM Roads are to be set to primary street east of US 281 and north/east of I-37. All other FM roads are set to minor highway.
- Dirt Roads - In Texas ALL roads that are normally unpaved are considered dirt roads as this is how GPS Nav users (any brand) expect the "Avoid Dirt Roads" feature to behave. These roads should be deleted when going through farm land, ranch land, or moutainous areas throughout the state, as they are most likely base import roads and not real roads.
- Parking Lot Roads
- Toll Roads
- Frontage roads do not need to be primary street unless in major cities.
- Alleys are NOT MAPPED in Texas.
Generally, if a road can't be driven on (e.g. Walking Trail, Pedestrain Boardwalk, Stairway, Railroad, Runway/Taxiway) then it should not be mapped in Waze. This is due to the way the routing engine works, as Waze WILL route users to drive on these "Non-Drivable" road types. Please note there are several Railroads mapped in Texas, these railroads are mapped in a VERY particular manner by Senior Area Managers and Country Managers to prevent Waze from routing on them.
Speed / red light cameras
Red Light Cameras are are LEGAL in the State of Texas.
Contrary to popular belief, these cameras do not sit on the top of lights at an intersection. If you've gotten to an intersection, you've already passed the red light camera.These cameras mounted on traffic signals are used as part of the signal control. These compare sequential images of the intersection approach to determine if there is a vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, etc) waiting and will trigger the sequence. These devices CANNOT issue tickets.
There are traditional traffic monitoring cameras covering most of the major highways in the state. These send live feeds to the various traffic agencies around the state and are for monitoring traffic only.
Speed cameras are currently ILLEGAL in the State of Texas. Any request for a speed camera, or any approved speed cameras need to be removed from the map.
Texas has a long standing tradition for support the US military. If you have questions concerning any military base in the state, please do not hesitate to ask. All military bases in the state are set to the current military base standard.
- All gates at the military bases are set to private road in/street out with some gates having restrictions on them for the various gate closures.
- If you know of any changes in the hours of a gate, please let a US Champ know and they will adjust it accordingly.
- All gates are locked at a level 5 or 6.
- Landmarks approved for military bases are:
- Gas stations
To do list
Want to help out with the map in Texas? Stop adding parking lot roads everywhere, solve URs, ask questions to anyone listed below, and seek out advice when/where needed.
|Username||Area Managed||Comments||Forum PM|
|Rank 6 Country Managers|
||US South Central Regional Coordinator||Based out of Miami, FL born/lived/travelled through most of Texas||PM|
|jasonh300||US South Central Regional Coordinator||Based out of New Orleans, LA||PM|
|Rank 5 Country Managers (Texas Based)|
|LittlestLou||DFW Metroplex||Based in the DFW Metroplex||PM|
|pjlasl||North Texas||Based out of Weatherford||PM|
|Rank 4 Area Managers|
|jstrangfeld||North DFW Metroplex||PM|
|Rank 3 Area Managers|
|MisterTodd||East DFW Metroplex||PM|
If you are an Area Manager that covers the Texas, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Texas, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username).