This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Massachusetts. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.
There has been an update to the Major Roads section of the main page, regarding Alt names in road segments.
All information is believed to be current and accurate. All editing done within the state will be held to the standards outlined in this wiki. You are only seeing modifications of this page made up until Thu, 28 May 2015 10:19:59 UTC, make sure to log in to the wiki to see the latest updates.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Special roads
- 7 Closures
- 8 Places
- 9 Cameras
- 10 To do list
- 11 Other
- 12 Area Managers
- 13 Other states and territories
- 14 About this page
Massachusetts is a part of the New England region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Thank you for your interest in editing Waze maps in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please note Massachusetts follows the US national guidance with a few exceptions. Be sure to click on and read every link from this page for in-depth tips, guidance and advice.
Refer to the Glossary for common Waze related terms.
Tip: Editors are strongly encouraged to download & install the Waze Validator Plugin. This tool will identify map errors and offers guidance on how to fix them. Use this to identify issues in areas you are working on but make sure not to be distracted by errors that do not pertain to you.
Before editing the maps in Massachusetts, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.
The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.
City Level Mapping Resources
- See MA Cities and Towns for links to city/town GIS pages and/or PLAT maps.
State Level Mapping Resources
- Statewide GIS (OLIVER) - When there is a discrepancy between a City's GIS and this one, default to the City GIS. If you have any questions, please contact a State Manager.
- Road Inventory Map - Interactive MassDOT map showing the most commonly requested Road Inventory attributes, Functional Classification, Jurisdiction, National Highway System, Federal Functional classification, and Federal-Aid Eligibility.
- Numbered Routes with Mile Points - MassDOT map showing the numbered routes across the state with the mile points shown in one-mile increments. Both the functional classification and jurisdiction are available to identify the roadway type for each route.
- Rest Area Map - MassDOT map showing the rest areas located throughout the state owned and maintained by MassDOT Highway. The map highlights rest areas that contain visitor centers, usual located near the state border or in approach to tourist areas such as Cape Cod. In addition, the rest areas are shown on the appropriate side of the road in which they are situated along a highway. (PDF format)
- Scenic Byways - MassDOT map showing the state-designated Scenic Byways in Massachusetts.
- Trucking Network Map (Under Construction - New Version Available 2/23/2015) - MassDOT map showing roadways that municipalities have excluded from through travel of heavy commercial vehicles, usually vehicles over 5000 pounds (2 1/2 Tons).
The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts section of Waze forum
- The New England region forum
- The USA section of Waze Forum
- The USA segment unlock requests
New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.
Formal Mentoring is a great tool to quickly learn the ropes of editing correctly and efficiently. It includes the potential for accelerated rank and role upgrades.
The Massachusetts editing community communicates using Twitter, a Google+ community (linked below), and the state forum.
There is also a Google Hangout for Massachusetts editors to chat in. Feel free to ask for an invitation from the RC or any Massachusetts State SM listed below.
Cities and towns
One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).
When editing roads and places, please make sure you enter the correct name.
There are 351 Cities and Towns in the commonwealth. See the MA City List Page for proper naming information.
DO NOT Use ANY of the "Greater *** Area" or "*** Center" "Towns" and rename roads you come across.
Massachusetts Functional Classification settings are dictated by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), at the request of the local jurisdictions, and in coordination with neighboring states. If you do not agree with our FC levels, please petition MassDOT to change the rating they've assigned.
Do NOT make random changes on your own.
In Massachusetts 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.
|Highest rank of connected segment|
Note: Exception: At the request of an AM (or other trusted local editor) a State Manager (SM) may optionally lower an entire area to facilitate local editing. Requests must be formally recorded in the US Unlock Forum, but can be discussed and pre-approved by an SM beforehand. The AM should request the locks be raised again to standard when the area has stabilized; the request should be made in the same thread where the unlock was originally requested. SMs should use caution when uplocking an area to standard: If the area is consistently locked below standard, it might have been granted such an exception, and should not be uplocked without verification.
Massachusetts uses the following naming conventions for roads:
Freeways / Other Expressways
- "I-##" for all interstate freeways. (No City Names, No Alternate Names)
- "US-##" for all US Highways that are FC'd as freeway. (No City Names, No Alternate Names)
- "SR-##" for all State Highways that are FC'd as freeway. (No City Names, No Alternate Names)
Cardinal Direction indicators are only to be used on Freeway Segments (e.g. "I-495 N")
Major / Minor Highways
The Primary Street name shall be whatever name is in common usage in that area. (Check business addresses, GIS, etc). If the Primary Name is a actual Street Name (Main St, etc), please add the "SR-##" to the Alternate Name field, with no City name.
If a segment has more than one State/US route number, add a second Alt Name with the appropriate Route Number (no city name).
If a Major/Minor classed segment is not a numbered highway, there should be no alternate names listed.
Clear as mud? Contact the State Manager if you need help figuring this out.
PS and Lower
List the Primary street name, and city. No Alternate names are to be listed.
Functional Classification and Route Naming
See Massachusetts/Major roads for procedures specific to Functional Classification and Route Naming in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.
- Divided highways and roadways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and traffic circles
- Dirt roads
- Toll roads
- Partial and scheduled restrictions
- Private installations and military bases
Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.
Private Rds vs PLRs
If a neighborhood has a security gate, or a private entrance, map it with a Private Road segment. Apartment complex driveways, parking lots and everything else gets a Parking Lot Road (PLR) segment.
If you have any questions, please contact the State Mgr.
Walking Trails / Pedestrian Boardwalks
Do NOT map these without consulting with the State Manager first. Any trails you find need to be disconnected from the road system.
Massachusetts has scheduled ferry service on Cape Cod. Please consult with the State Manager before making changes to the ferry system.
This is the list of long term closures in the state. They are either marked as closed in the Map, or they are disconnected, depending on the length of the closure.
If you have something to add, please contact the State Mgr.
Minimum Acceptable Information
All Places added to the map must contain the following entries:
- Proper Category
- Place Name
- Address (including address numbers)
- Placed in the correct location on the map
This is the minimum acceptable amount of information for inclusion on the map.
|PLACE TYPE||LOCK LEVEL|
|Military Installation / Airport||4|
|Hospitals / Urgent Care / Police & Fire Dept||4|
|National & State Parks and Monuments||4|
|Gas Stations / Charging Stations||3|
|Schools / Universities / Colleges||3|
|Government Buildings / Consulates||3|
- All Places that have complete information (to include, at a minimum, address/city, hours of operation, phone number) are to be locked at Level 2. This is to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of Place Update submissions from Trusted Users, or Place Update Request approvals from other editors without careful examination.
- If you do not have a high enough enough rank to lock the place as indicated, please lock it as high as you can, and notify a higher rank AM, SM, CM, or Champ to lock it higher.
For instance, if you are mapping a shopping center, this means that you map the area to cover the shopping center buildings, and the parking lots out to the outer ring road (if applicable). If there is no ring road, or for smaller shopping centers, map to the curb line.
If you are mapping a school, you would map out to the fence line (if visible) or to a reasonable distance from the school. Contact a AM, SM, CM, or Champ for assistance.
Hospitals / Urgent Care
Set the Stop Point over the Main Entrance to the facility. Additionally, map the Emergency Entrance with the same category name, but place it over the Emergency entrance location. ERs encompassed in a hospital Place Area should be Points, and named in the following fashion: E.R. - Hospital Name
Places which are part of a larger encompassing place (i.e. place points for lot in a university area, Separate ER entrances in a hospital area, etc.) should be named with their unique name followed by a hyphen and the name of the larger area they belong to. For example "E.R. - Generic Medical Center"
The Parking Lot Place marks a well-defined area constructed for off-street public parking, including parking structures and garages as well as at-grade lots. There are many elements that must be considered before deciding to map a parking lot. Currently, the details are covered in Places/Parking lot.
Unless you have permission from the State Manager, please only map the following types of parking lots:
- Public parking lots (Indicate that they are public lots in the description)
- Named lots around an arena/theater/venue (advise SM when you do these)
- Park and Ride lots/structures
Mass Transit parking structures (MBTA stations) should be mapped as Parking Lots, with the additional categories of "Train Station" and "Transportation" added. Additional, the Area should cover the actual station and platform, not just the parking lot/garage.
Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:
Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.
Currently only the Waze client app can add cameras to the map. When adding a camera from the app, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.
Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in Massachusetts.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, Massachusetts does not have any laws regarding red light or speed cameras, therefore they may be present in the state.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
To do list
Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.
Don't EVER let it be said that there's nothing to do in Massachusetts (for editing, that is).
Our current priorities are:
- Functional Classification
- Ramp Name Standardization
- Gas Stations
- Place Name Harmonization
- City Names Corrections
URs to update, PURs to approve. Tourist destinations to add and update. So on and so forth.
However, the Massachusetts/To do list has a county by county breakdown of Functional Classification updates & Validator checks that still need to be completed for Massachusetts.
Please, help out where you can..and ASK QUESTIONS!
Working with URs
Massachusetts has adopted a 36hr/4/7 day standard when dealing with User Requests.
When responding to URs, please remember the wise words of the scholar, brevity is the soul of wit.
More than likely, the user is going to be reading your response in the Waze App, so try and keep it as short as possible, while still conveying the information, or request desired.
If you're editing in Massachusetts, we ask that you turn on the LIVE USERS layer in the editor. If you see another editor show up where you are editing, and move around you, please check WME Chat. Also, check and see if you have a Private Message (PM) in the Forum.
There may be an issue with the area you're editing in, or what you are doing.
Never Be Unreachable!
Due to a diabolically fiendish division of MassDOT that decides on route numbers and junctions, we make extensive use of Wayfinders in Massachusetts.
In an effort to keep track of them, and what they are "supposed" to do, we've listed them here. Every time there is an update to the editor or app, these need to be checked to make sure they are still functioning as desired.
Please don't adjust them without talking to the State Mgr or Regional Coordinator first!
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Massachusetts. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Massachusetts, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Massachusetts, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Massachusetts is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.
|Massachusetts — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): orbitc (PM)
| Country Managers (New England region)|
|State Managers (New England region)|
|Dmcrandall(4) [PM]||Statewide|| |
State Manager Massachusetts WME Beta Team & also a AZ State Mgr.
|MojaveCactusMonkey(5) [PM]||Statewide||SM of CT/RI & NV, access to much of New England and Northeast|
| Area Managers |
|SanzClew(4) [PM]||Coastal South Shore AM, (Quincy to the CC Canal) and Boston/MetroWest AM||Moved here almost 40 yrs ago - most of it on the South Shore|
|Scott_h(4) [PM]||New Bedford AM, Boston to Worcester editor||MetroWest based|
|jaywazin(4) [PM]||Boston Metro, AM Cape and Islands||Inside 495, but mostly within 95|
|Djsmith89(3) [PM]||I-95 Corridor south of Boston to SR-24 corridor, towns above RI to Uxbridge, north to Upton||Local to the area, grew up here|
|jasonm128(3) [PM]||Cambridge to Woburn and surrounding cities||20+ years in Boston area. Also edit in Denver and northern NJ|
|JFeather60(3) [PM]||Phillipston northeast to Nashua||Based in Arizona; family in MA and Southern NH|
|mudge42(3) [PM]||Between 128 and 495, from Holliston to Carlisle||Live and drive mostly in Metrowest|
|Offtrac(2) [PM]||Western Mass, Brimfield to Chester|
|Panther37(3) [PM]||Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties (Cape Cod and Islands)||Colorado Springs based. Grew up on Cape Cod. Manages Colorado Springs area also|
The following editors are also editing in the state and working towards an Area Manager position.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
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