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 (House number, stree name, 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||Bus Station||Both||Greyhound stations are area, city bus stops, point|
|Transportation||Junction / Interchange||NONE|
|Transportation||Seaport / Marina / Harbor||Area||Size-dependent.|
|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|
|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 below|
|Professional and public||Offices||NONE|
|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||Residence / Home||NONE|
|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.
Roads in Texas
Interstates throughout the state
- I-2 Rio Grande Valley
- I-10 New Mexico to Louisiana
- I-20 Midland/Odessa to Louisiana
- I-27 Lubbock to Amarillo
- I-30 Ft Worth to Arkansas
- I-35 Mexico to Oklahoma
- I-37 Corpus Christi to San Antonio
- I-40 New Mexico to Oklahoma
- I-45 Galveston to Dallas
- I-69 Brownsville/Edinburg/Laredo to Texarkana (will follow US-59)
- I-410 Loop around San Antonio
- I-610 Loop around Houston
- I-635 Spur through DFW Metroplex
- When not to split a two-way road
- Divided Roads
- 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 TexasALLroads 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 mountainous 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.
Currently, the only way to add cameras to the editor are from the app. When placing a camera in the app, drop a general error with "RLC W" where W = the direction the camera is facing. This will allow other editors to know which way the camera is facing when they go to approve it in the editor.
Red light cameras
Red Light Cameras 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 Installations 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. Please adhere to the rules for editing. Parking lot roads do not need to go through gas stations. The gas station area suppresses traffic so map problems (MP) do not show up in the editor.
|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|
|jasonh300||US South Central Regional Coordinator||Based out of New Orleans, LA|
|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 Editors|
|jstrangfeld||North DFW Metroplex||PM|
|Rank 3 Editors|
|MisterTodd||East DFW Metroplex||PM|
|PvilleT||Austin||Based of out Pflugerville, born in Corpus Christi
If you are an editor in Texas, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Texas, please add yourself to this list or ask to be added.
Waze has been designed to be an open community with various levels of editors. Rank 5 and 6 editors are senior editors. They are here to help you and are to be respected at all times. Instructions from senior editors are to be followed, unless it conflicts with this page. If you have any questions or issues, please feel free to PM one of the rank 6s or 5s in the list (if you're having a problem with one, please PM the regional coordinators). We will try to handle the issue as quickly and peacefully as possible.
It is not possible to list every occurrence of problems which can occur in the editor, but the following are some examples of what has happened in the past:
- Deleting and redrawing roads
- Creating mass amounts of parking lot roads
- Creating roads on top of already existing roads
- Disrespect to higher ranking editors
- Not cleaning up your own mess
- Not responding to private messages
- Willful damage to the map
Everyone is allowed one free pass, but disciplinary actions after the first occurrence for the above may include:
- Formal mentoring
- Temporary suspension of editing rights
- Permanent suspension of editing rights