Pennsylvania/Mapraid Basemap Discussion History

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Start: September 17th (Sunday)
End: September 25th (Monday)

Registration FORM: (Will be closed on: September 12th)

Communication: MapRaid Discord Server
(You MUST be in Waze MapRaid Discord to be able to edit in this MR - No Discord...No Area....No exceptions)

* Improve Basemap (Primary goal)

  • Improving routing and navigation within the designated area quickly and efficiently.
  • Solve / respond to User Reports.
  • Updating pending “Places”.

NOTE: This mapraid is RESERVED to Rank1, Rank 2, and Rank 3 editors. All LOCAL editors are welcome to join regardless of their ranks. If you are local, pick "I'm local to PA". If you are a mentor rank 4, 5 or 6, you are welcome to join and help with mentoring. Just choose one of these three options: "I'm a Rank 4 Mentor", "I'm a Rank 5 Mentor" OR "I'm a Rank 6 Mentor".

MapRaid Goals

Our primary goal is to Improve Basemap

Secondary Goals

  • Improve Routing and Navigation.
  • Solve / Respond to User Reports.
  • PURs (Places)
  • MPs
  • General map verification, restricted turn verification (Shift + Z)
  • Functional Classification.


MR Area

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About this map raid

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

Beginning and junior editors -- find a senior editor and start asking questions. Take this raid as a learning opportunity. Everything new you learn -- do a little follow-up reading in the wiki to make sure you understand. 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. There are always a few promotion announcements at the end of every map raid.

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 4 days. Do not close URs if the UR contains a tag such as [NOTE], [CLOSURE], or any other [MESSAGE] -- check with the editor who placed the tag.

Do Not Mass-Edit

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. Mass edits can be done at the end of the map raid.

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We use micro-doglegs to control turn- vs. stay/keep/exit instructions. Zoom in very close to see the closely-spaced geometry nodes. Preserve them.

Road Types, Names, and Functional Classification (FC)

In Pennsylvania , we follow general US standards for road types based on the hybrid rule of FC and Route Type. Special road names are

  • Federal: I-195 E, US-9
  • State: SR-35 S, SR-72
    • If the state road appears on the sign that drivers see as PA-xxx, use that in the road name.

If a road has more than one name follow the standard for Concurrent names on US roads.

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  2
 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. Please see the the Pennsylvania Places Validation Rules in the Map Raid Place Browser for more details.

Trust the rules in the places browser.

How to order a Philly cheesesteak

If you go to Pat's or Geno's, don't ask for a cheese steak -- that's redundant. Say "One, provolone, with". Or, if you must, "One, wiz, with".


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.

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. Tampermonkey / greasemonkey 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 -- tampermonkey or greasemonkey 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

Mapping Resources

PASDA Pennsylvania online Atlas

For more information, please see Pennsylvania/Resources

Mapraid edit lists

Spreadsheets and forms are being used to streamline management of various group efforts and track important edits. Below you can find links to use these these forms, sheets, and see the lists.


Great job for the first ever PA MR. Incredible improvements on the connectivity score.

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