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.
- 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 follows the US Road Naming conventions for Interstate, US and State routes, with the following considerations.
The naming format for Numbered State Highways in Massachusetts is "SR-###".
State alternate routes have signage of "###A". Do NOT use the style employed for US alternate routes "US-### ALT" when naming state alternate routes. Instead, use Waze names of the form SR-###A. Example: "SR-2A"
Cardinal Direction indicators will be used in accordance with National standards, except in the following situations:
- Undivided US Highway/State Highway
- US Highway with a primary name other than "US-##"
- State Highway with a primary name other than "SR-##"
City Names on Freeway Segments
If a road segment is classified as a Freeway, there shall be No City Names listed, as well as no Alternate Names.
- For the "Mass Turnpike," we add the name "Mass Pike" to the on-ramp name.
City Names on MH/mH Numbered Highways
With the exception of Freeway segments (as mentioned above) all road segments should have a Primary city name assigned to them.
If a segment has more than one State/US route number, follow the Concurrent Road Naming guidelines from the Wiki. Just remember, please no city names in the Alt Name field for numbered routes. (see examples on the right)
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.
See Massachusetts/Major roads for procedures specific to Functional Classification 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
- 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
There is a whole section of the national wiki regarding Private Roads.
This section only provides guidance in the state regarding whether or not a segment should be Private or PLR.
If a road is signed as Private or has a security gate on it, 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.
- Alleys should always be mapped if they have a name.
- Alleys should always be mapped if they are the sole access to a home or business.
- Alleys should always be set to "Private" (Northeast regional standard)
- Alleys are normally mapped if they are acknowledged by the municipality.
If an alley does not meet the above criteria, mapping is optional. Leave the name field blank.
Walking Trails / Pedestrian Boardwalks
| Pedestrian Boardwalks and Walking Trails
It is our policy that we do not map Pedestrian Boardwalks. Waze is a vehicle navigation application, and Pedestrian Boardwalks do not add to that function, since they serve no routing purposes.
Walking Trails are navigable in Waze, to a point, and may be utilized with prior approval from the State Manager.
Any Walking Trails you find that do not serve an apparent purpose (routing to boardwalk addresses along the beach, for example) should be removed from the map.
MA Management - July 2015
Massachusetts has scheduled ferry service between Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard. Please consult with the State Manager before making changes to the ferry system.
Turns, U-Turns and Turn Restrictions
In Massachusetts it is legal to make a left turn across one double yellow line. Please do not disallow left turns due to URs reporting “dangerous” or “too difficult” turns, without consulting a Local Host.
Please be aware of physically divided roadways that are not divided in Waze. Check the satellite image closely before changing left turn restrictions along such roadways.
U-Turns are legal at all street intersections, unless signed as restricted. When in doubt, check Street View.
Toll Roads / HOV Truck Lanes
It is our custom to mark the Toll checkbox only on the entrance segments to Toll Roads. HOV lanes have already been set correctly according to our local practices.
Boston's Transportation Department has never met a roundabout it didn't like. They're everywhere. Please don't make adjustments to them unless you know exactly what you are doing. Some intersections that look like a roundabout may only be a traffic circle. Check with a local host if you have a question.
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.
If a phone number is entered in the Place information, please utilize either of the following formats:
- (###) ###-####
Please correct the layout of any phone numbers you encounter while editing.
|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|
|MBTA Subway and Commuter Rail Stations||3|
|City and Local Parks||2|
- 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.
- Boston Place Browser - In combination with the Place Name Harmonization list, this is an invaluable tool for working on existing places. Be sure to click the About tab to get an overview of the tool.
Place Name Harmonization
In an effort to standardize Place Names, Massachusetts uses the following list of Common names. Please note the appropriate category name, as well as the listed spelling. This is necessary for the proper display of any advertising associated with the site (i.e. SUBWAY discounts)
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
- MBTA Parking Structures/lots
Surburban MBTA parking structures should be mapped as Parking Lots, with the additional categories of "Train Station" (or "Subway Station" if appropriate) and "Transportation" added. However, the Area should only cover the parking lot/garage, and not the actual station and platform.
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 ( )
GHO Display Name
| Country Managers (New England region)|
| orbitc(6) [ ]
New England Region Coordinator
| Qwaletee(6) [ ]
|Very active in NJ and Metro NYC. SM for all of Northeast and New England regions.|| |
Local Champ. Resident of NJ. SM NJ,NY,PA,New England.
| Dmcrandall(5) [ ]
|Country Wide|| |
US Country Manager
|MojaveCactusMonkey(5) [ ]||Statewide||Also SM of CT/RI & Resident SM of NV|
|State Managers (New England region)|
| SanzClew(4) [ ]
|MA State Manager|| |
Moved here almost 40 yrs ago - most of it on the South Shore
| Area Managers |
| GooberKing(5) [ ]
|RI State Manager||Live in RI, work in Waltham|
| TheLastTaterTot(5) [ ]
|RI State Manager||Based in RI, but travel and edit all over.|
| jaywazin(4) [ ]
|Throughout MA||Most familiar with the Boston Metro area|
| mudge42(4) [ ]
|Boston and MetroWest areas|| |
Live and drive mostly in Metrowest
|Scott_h(4) [ ]||New Bedford AM, Boston to Worcester editor||MetroWest based|
| JButz2(4) [ ]
|Essex county area|| |
Resident of NJ, formerly from PA. AM in NJ, PA, MA, & TX
|BuzzardJoe(3) [ ]||Boston area||Michigander hangin on after the map raid|
| johnsninja58(3) [ ]
I drive up and down the Northeast Coast
| Thangorodrim(3) [ ]
|Springfield, MA|| |
Work-Spfld, Live-Worc. Co., drive-hither, thither, and yon
|Djsmith89(3) [ ]||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|
|Panther37(3) [ ]||Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties (Cape Cod and Islands)||Colorado Springs based. Grew up on Cape Cod. Manages Colorado Springs area also|
|mtb2314(3) [ ]||Boston area||Maryland native, spent a lot of time in MA over the years. Area Manager access from Boston MapRaid 2015.|
|bobc455(2) [ ]||Worcester area||I have coverage in much of the rest of the MA too from oodles of driving|
|Offtrac(2) [ ]||Western Mass, Brimfield to Chester|
| rmcmanusjr(2) [ ]
|Pittsfield and Tyringham Areas|| |
with travel throughout the state
The following editors are also editing in the state and may be working towards an Area Manager position. Feel free to contact them for assistance in their respective areas.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
|CMassStan(2) [ ]||Central MA||Periodic coverage throughout New England|
|Eaglestailg8ter(2) [ ]||SEMA & along Interstates||PA Resident|
|Elli21486(2) [ ]||Boston and Northward||Typically edit in Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Lynn, East Boston, and Boston's North End/Waterfront|
|fredhenle(2) [ ]||I-91, I-90 between Springfield and Watertown||grew up in Northampton, live in northern CT, work in Watertown|
| SNYOWL(2) [ ]
|Central MA||Travel to other parts of the state|
|Le_Mig402(2) [ ]||Southwestern NH||Regularly visit family in MA.|
| tenetienne(2) [ ]
|MetroWest||MetroWest - Been here since '75|
|richt123(2) [ ]||North of Boston||Mostly Woburn Vicinity for now|
|ZANSR1(2) [ ]||Massachusetts (yes all over)||I currently reside in Metro Boston but I have editing rights throughout the state|
|BS3023(2) [ ]||Mostly within 10 miles of RI border||Primarily RI editor, but venture into MA frequently|
|ba11zooka(1) [ ]||Primarily 495 corridor Franklin to Sobo||Focus on Franklin, but enjoy driving and updating backroads|
|didjit(1) [ ]||JP, South End, Brookline, Newton, Waltham||also around Scituate, Cohasset|
|LennonMOBILE(1) [ ]||Boston Metro||Mostly within 95|
|myessail(1) [ ]||Westwood/Dedham/Norwood Area||Lived in Westwood for 17 years, regularly go back to visit family|
|mxtm(1) [ ]||West Roxbury, JP, Fenway / Longwood||Spend most of my time in WR, JP, & the Fens but also end up in other places|
|Callous(1) [ ]||Northern Worcester County||Fitchburg, Leominster, Lunenburg, Gardner, Townsend area.|
|doc_sti(1) [ ]||Central MA||Travel all over|
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