ÖPNVKarte, a new featured layer on www.openstreetmap.org

ÖPNVKarte, a new featured layer on osm.org. Tiles courtesy of MeMoMaps.

OpenStreetMap.org now has a new featured map layer displaying our rich data in a different way: ÖPNVKarte.

ÖPNVKarte is a public transport map displaying public transport routes of trains, trams, light rails, buses, ferries, subways and also points of interest for public transport travelers. Melchior Moos, the creator of the layer, hopes that the inclusion on the global site “will help and reward mappers from all over the world by making their public transport mapping efforts more visible”.

The ÖPNVKarte map key can be found on the ÖPNVKarte website https://öpnvkarte.de (also OpenBusMap.org). For those wondering about the name, it’s derived from German for “Public Transport Map”.

ÖPNVKarte is already featured on sites such as: openstreetmap.de, openstreetmap.no, Mappa-Mercia, Facilmap , OSM inspector and on some mobile applications.

The ÖPNVKarte layer is an addition to these featured layers:

  • Standard(OpenStreetMap Carto), which is the default layer on osm.org,
  • Cycle Map(tiles courtesy of Andy Allan),
  • Transport Map(tiles courtesy of Andy Allan) and
  • Humanitarian (tile style by HOT OSM, hosted by OSM France)

The OSM Operations Working Group is interested in new featured layers that highlight different aspects of OpenStreetMap and you can read about the criteria here.

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3 thoughts on “ÖPNVKarte, a new featured layer on www.openstreetmap.org

  1. Mikkel Kirkgaard Nielsen

    So nice with more layer options. I would, however, suggest to reconsider whether “ÖPNVKarte” is the right term to use for the layer. It seems inconsistent with the names of the other featured layers which mostly use an indicative term for the focus of the cartography, not the formal name of the cartography itself.

    ÖPNV seems to be a well-known acronym for the German term “öffentlicher Personennahverkehr”, roughly “public local passenger transportation” (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96ffentlicher_Personennahverkehr) so it might make sense to use some form of this in German speaking locales.
    However, my guess is that only people with near native level of German would know what the term covers. Even for a Dane like me residing close to the German border having been taught some level of German growing up, it was just a tongue-twister without intuitive meaning.
    For now, I’ve translated the layer name in Danish to what would be “Public transport” (https://translatewiki.net/w/i.php?title=Special:Translate&showMessage=javascripts.map.base.opnvkarte&group=out-osm-site&language=da&filter=&optional=1&action=translate).

    There’s also an obvious duality with the current “Transport Map” layer whose cartography has the same focus; “Public transport information for every community (https://www.thunderforest.com/maps/transport/). This similarity ought to be clear from the naming with some kind of
    distinction made between the two.

    Additionally the attribution link used for ÖPNVKarte (https://memomaps.de/) defaults to the German language homepage, https://memomaps.de/en/ is the English one.

    I’ll try to put in some PR’s with name suggestions and link fix.


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  3. Luis Alberto Robledo

    The new layer is beautiful, but the Standard layer (the first and most common to use) is taking too long to load, on this moment.

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