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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of New York. 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.

We hosted a Waze Meetup at the Ace Hotel - NY on Sunday, December 21, 2014. For reference see the wiki, forum, and the Google+ Event
PesachZ (talk) 15:35, 8 January 2015 (UTC)
MapRaid! NY
was a huge success, read all about it on our MapRaid! page.
-Dec 2014
All editors in the Northeast region, please fill out this survey.
-Sep 2014
If you (used to) actively edit in the State of New York, please check and add, update, or remove your name in the appropriate table below, and in any projects on the To-Do list page
-Aug 2014
Please see the Major Roads section below for important information about the current project to upgrade all roads networks in New York State to meet the national guidance for road type, based on the Federal Classification.
-May 2014


New York is a part of the Northeast region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Delaware / New Jersey / New York / Pennsylvania.

See the Waze glossary for an expalnation of Waze terminology.

Mapping resources


Before editing the maps in New York, 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.

See New York/Resources for more about mapping resources for New York.



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 New York.

Area Managers for New York can be found in the table below.

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 New York editing community also communicates using a Google+ page, and community, these are linked below.

Waze New York Google+ Page

Waze New York Google+ Community

There is also a Google Hangout for the Northeast region editors to chat in. Feel free to ask for an ivitation from the RC or any New York 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).

Duplicate cities can be caused by incorrectly named segments and should be corrected following the guidelines in the smudged city article.

Some states and territories manage a separate page on cities and towns to identify the specific city names that should be entered, and no others. For states that do not have a separate page to track the names, see this Wikipedia link and find the state or territory in question.

Major roads

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New York follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

Local naming variations

  • New York State uses NY-##, and NY-##X for all state routes and their spurs, loops, etc. (e.g. NY-27, NY-17M)
  • Concurrent routes which are signed/shielded with both names, AND commonly referred to using both names together, should use both names separated by a slash (/) as the primary name, and each individual named as an alternate name. (e.g. US-1 / US-9)
  • Interstate highways in New York City only which also have a historical or local freeway name should have that historical or local name appended after the Interstate designation, separated by a slash. (e.g., I-495 E / Long Island Expwy, I-95 N / Cross Bronx Expwy)
  • Highway name descriptors, such as TRUCK, EXPRESS, etc. should be added in ALL CAPS after the name. (e.g. US-1 TRUCK, or on a concurrent road US-1 TRUCK / US-9 TRUCK)
  • Roads which have a parallel service road (i.e. are split in a single direction such as Ocean Parkway) should have the service roads named uniquely so Wazers understand which roadway they are being routed onto. They should be named with "(Service Rd)" following the actual road name. (e.g. Ocean Pkwy, and Ocean Pkwy (Service Rd).)
    This will also identify which roadway incident and error reports were sent from. These are commonly referred to as service roads in New York, but may also be known as frontage roads, or outer roads.
Although these segments are being named (service road), they are not using the Service Road Road Type! They are using whatever the appropriate road type for the segment is. The Service Road Road Type is deprecated, and should not be used at all in Waze as mentioned in Road Types (USA). If you see roads using the Service Road Road Type, please change them to the appropriate type or notify someone.

FC Upgrade

New York State is currently in the process of upgrading the entire road network to meet the national guidance for road type classification. This will ensure a consistent, and better navigational experience to wazers around the country. The general guidelines for implementation are in the Road Types (USA) page. Any local deviations, and special information for New York State will be listed below.

If you would like to assist in this project in any county of the state, please ensure you are listed in the appropriate table in the Area Managers section below, and list which county you will be upgrading. Please also update the entry for that county to "in progress", with your username, and the date in the the FC Upgrade project table on the To-Do subpage.
If another editor has already started on working on that county, please add your name after them, update the date, and coordinate directly with that editor. Once you have completed the FC upgrade for an entire county, please mark it as "complete" in the table, with the completion date.
If you have trouble, or are not comfortable with updating the table, please ask someone (try any AM, or SM) to do it for you.

The Mapping Resources section has links to several FC data sources including a State DOT maintained GIS, CSV lists of all FC roads by county, and general FC information.

Tip: for editors using the FC Color Highlights script: These colors will more-or-less match the NYS DOT FC map:

NYS FC GIS Color Highlights
NYS FC Type Highlight Color
 Interstate = Fwy  black
 Principal Arterial = MH  green
 Minor Arterial = mH  red
 Collector = PS  blue
 Ramp  #8c6946 (unclassified)

Locking standard

In New York 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.

New York Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type NYC Only  Everywhere Else
  Freeway  5
  Ramp  Highest rank of connected segment
  Major Highway  5 4
  Minor Highway  4 3
  Primary Street  3 2
  Street  1
 :|:|:|:|:Railroad:|:|:|:|:  2
 Ferry  5

Local Exceptions

  • Roads which are Private (not accessible to the general public i.e. a gated entrance, buses only, etc.), Parking Lot Roads, or Non-Drivable (i.e. pedestrian plazas, boardwalks, etc.) should be classed as such (Private, PLR, Non-Drivable), regardless of what their official FC class is.
  • The NYS FC GIS is incomplete, and does not show all roads highlighted correctly for the full length on the road. When in doubt consult the Inventory Lists.
  • The NYS FC GIS will only highlight one direction (side) of a split roadway, in these cases both directions should be classed the same (at the highlighted class).

From this point, roads may be adjusted up or down the scale as indicated by the road's setup and usage ONLY with the consensus of a local RC, or SM. Examples:

  • Most of NY-17 from Binghamton to Harriman is fully limited access; it is therefore typed as Freeway (except for one 5½-mile stretch of at-grade intersections between Sanford and Hancock, where it is typed Major Highway).
  • CR-56 in Steuben County is barely wide enough for two cars, has no appreciable shoulders, and is only rarely used; based on that, its type was downgraded to Street.

If you are having difficulty in determining what road type a particular section should have, feel free to contact any of New York's, Waze Champs Country Managers, State Manager(s), or senior editors list in the table below. You can also contact the Regional Coordinator(s) orbitc (PM), or post to any of the New York editing community locations listed above.

See New York/Major roads for a list of Major Highways in New York which are or were being worked on.

Special roads

Drivable roads

New York follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.

Non-drivable roads

Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.

In New York if a Non-drivable road has a name and addresses (house numbers) on it, then it should be mapped, but not connected to the drivable road network. This will allow Waze to navigate to those house numbers, and the route will stop on the drivable segment nearest the address pin. The address pin will display on the map in the correct location.

State specific special road guidelines

The following special roads are managed slightly uniquely in some states and territories.

Parking Lot Roads

This state uses the following national standard guidelines found in the Wiki for Parking Lot Roads.


This state uses the following unique guidelines for mapping alleys.

  • 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"
  • 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.

Be careful adding alleys which will be closer to the destination pins for house numbers, or from Google, as this can cause all navigation to all the addresses on that block to route onto the alley instead. It may be better not to map these alleys, or you may have to adjust all the address pins to be closer to the actual roads.

Dirt roads

This state uses the following national standard guidelines found in the Wiki for Dirt Roads.


When managing a section of roadway under construction or being closed for a major event, follow the Wiki guidelines on construction zones and Real time closures.

Any road closures which you know of at least 2 days before the closure is supposed to end, should be reported using the Road Closure Form linked to on the Road Closure page above. This form can also be reached by going to

The Federal Highway Administration keeps a website indexing all states that can provide highway and construction project information. Go to the page, find your state, and check the links for the desired information.

New York City has a list of closures at the GIS for NYC. You can also access weekly, and weekend construction reports published by the NYC DOT.

Some other counties have GIS systems that may provide useful information as well.

Recurring closures and events

See New York/Closures for a list of (recurring) events and closures in New York, and to coordinate with other editors in the region on submitting these events and closures to Waze.


New York follows the USA standard for Places. Do not deviate from the guidelines without first obtaining consensus to do so via the state forum linked on this page.

Naming Standard

Names have been standardized for many public agencies which have multiple locations in NYC. This makes the map look more professional and uniform. The names have been designed to work well with instant search, regular search, and to be clear and concise in the map display. Please ensure all places defined below follow these guidelines.

  • 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 "Student Parking Lot C - StudyHard University"

Specific names per agency

All places for the following agencies in NYC should be names according to the same standard as follows:

  • NYPD precincts: "NYPD - " followed by the precinct number, then the full word "Precinct", (replace the number with the correct precinct number). If it doesn't have a number use the name, for example:
    • "NYPD - 44th Precinct"
    • "NYPD - Brooklyn South Task Force"
  • FDNY fire stations: "FDNY - " followed by the listed apparatus for that station, using one letter abbreviations. Battalion = B, Ladder = L, etc.
    The order for listed apparatus should be; Division, Battalion, Rescue, Hazmat, Squad, Ladder, Engine. You may as full names for specialty units ("Rescue 2") as an alternate name. For example:
    • "FDNY - B24, L123, E90"
    • "FDNY - S60"
  • FDNY * EMS stations: Start with "FDNY * EMS - " followed by the station number or other title. Use the Fire Station category. For example:
    • "FDNY * EMS - Station 35"
    • "FDNY * EMS - Division 2"
  • Subways stations: Start with the line (IRT, IND, or BMT), followed by the station name, a hyphen, and list the trains which you can access from that station. For example:
    • "IRT Utica Ave - 3,4"
    • "IRT Pelham Bay Park - 6"
    • "IRT / BMT Atlantic Ave - 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R"
  • Public schools: If the school has an abbreviation in the name, use it. Abbreviate common names as follows;
    Public School = PS
    Elementary School = ES
    Middle School = MS
    Intermediate School = IS
    High School = HS
    Vocational High School = VHS
    Numbered schools should be named with the school type, number, hyphen, school name if applicable. For example:
    • "PS-113 - George Montgomery ES"
    • "HS-72 - Abraham Lincoln HS"
  • USPS: Start the name with "Post Office" and the zip code, if there is a station specific name, put that after the zip code separated by a hyphen (-). For example:
    • "Post Office 10001 - James A Farley"
    • "Post Office 10469"
    • "Post Office 11213 - St John's Pl"
  • US VA Hospitals and Centers: Should be named with their official name as the primary name. For VA hospitals "(US Veterans Only)" should be added to the end of the primary name, and as the first line of the description. In the primary name "VA" should be expanded as "Veterans Affairs", so as not to cause a TTS conflict with Virginia. Names can be shortened to remove extraneous words, for example replace "Campus of the" from the official name with a hyphen (-). Any colloquial names should be added as alt names, so they are returned in search results, and also at the beginning of the description, so they are visible on the place preview page in the client. Some examples:
    • The official name "Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System" should be modified to "Brooklyn Veterans Affairs - NY Harbor Healthcare System"
    • The official name "James J. Peters VA Medical Center" should be modified to "James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center", with alternate names "Bronx VA Hospital", and "Bronx Veterans Affairs Hospital". See this example in WME.

Locking Standard

Places considered fundamental to the functioning of the Waze app, such as Gas Stations, should be locked to Rank 4.

Complex, intricate, or crucial Places such as Hospitals, Police Stations, Fire Departments, Airports, Parks, etc. should be locked at least to Rank 4.

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 a Rank 4+, please lock it as high as you can, and consider asking a higher rank AM, SM, CM, or Champ to lock it higher.


Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:

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    Rlc truvelo speed cam.jpeg
    a speed camera takes a photograph of a vehicle when it passes by the camera at too high a speed.
  • Camera4true.png
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    a red light camera takes a photograph of a vehicle that enters an intersection after the light is red. In some areas, it takes the photograph when a vehicle is not clear of the intersection some period after the light turns red.

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 New York.

Based on information researched at the time this page was created, the limited legality of red light and speed cameras in New York is described in this page.

No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.

  • Report hidden police.png a mobile speed camera is a speed camera which is easily moved from place to place to be deployed in targeted enforcement areas. These should be reported as Hidden Police. These are usually mounted on the roof racks of vehicles which can be parked on the side, or on a service road to capture vehicle traffic in both directions in all lanes of that road. They issue tickets to vehicles traveling above the speed limit. New York City for example issues speed camera tickets to vehicles traveling at least 11 mph above the speed limit.
    Due to their nature of quickly changing locations, a police report will instantly alert other drivers in the area of targeted enforcement. In the details section you can type mobile speed camera. The long delay in reporting a camera, getting it approved on the map, and waiting for a tile update to take effect, makes it futile for these types of cameras.
  • Camera3true.png a dummy / fake red light camera should not be mapped in New York State, because they CANNOT issue tickets.
  • Other camera types, cameras or signs that either provide driver feedback or are used for traffic control. These devices CANNOT issue tickets and should not be mapped.

To do list

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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.

If you have any additions, updates, corrections, or suggestions for this page, feel free to edit it yourself, or send a PM to one of the RCs or SMs listed below.

Thank you, and Happy Wazing!

General tasks

Primary issues for maintaining the road network

  • Remove unneeded junction nodes (those not at intersections, or separating segments with different properties, i.e. city-name, street name, elevation, allowed U-turns, or splitting a segment which is over 10km long).
  • Remove excess geometry nodes (those which are not changing the geometry of a segment). When the geometry node is very near the end of a segment double check while zoomed-in to see if the geometry node is actually changing the turn angle.
  • Inspect and correct connectivity of necessary junctions.
    • A great resource for locating, and learning how to fix connectivity, and many other issues is the WME Validator script. All active editors should have this amazing script. Just be careful, WME Validator highlights POTENTIAL problems, not everything which is highlighted needs to be fixed.
  • Update the road network "Street Types" to match FC, for more information see FC update info
  • Update all segment "Street Names" in accordance with the guidelines in the Road Names (USA) wiki article, and the New York State specific guidelines.
  • Inspect and correct overpasses/underpasses to ensure that the segments are on different levels, and do not have a junction node where they meet.
  • Ensure that any roads crossing at the same elevation level have a junction node connecting them.

See New York/To do for a list of editing projects in New York State, and to track and update their statuses.

Area Managers

The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in New York. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers New York, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in New York, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for New York 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.

New York — Area, State and Country Managers
Regional Coordinator(s): orbitc (PM)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Northeast region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
orbitc(6) [PM] Entire State of NY, also DE, NJ, PA. CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge MapRaider.pngBadge GlobalChamp.pngBadge Mentor Global Champ.png
Region 9 Northeast & 8 New England
PesachZ(6) [PM] Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, also active in some parts of NJ Badge MapRaider.pngBadge LocalChamp.pngBadge Mentor Local Champ.pngBadge StateManager.png
State Managers (Northeast region)
Fredo-p(5) [PM] Staten Island Badge StateManager.png
ialangford(5) [PM] NYC Badge StateManager.png
SC and Los Angeles
karlcr9911(5) [PM] Manhattan & 5 boroughs Badge StateManager.png
MojaveCactusMonkey(5) [PM] Manhattan & 5 boroughs area Badge Mentor.pngBadge StateManager.png
PhantomSoul(5) [PM] Hudson Valley and the Catskills Badge Mentor.pngBadge StateManager.png
Pumrum(5) [PM] Bronx, Manhattan, Queens Badge Mentor.pngBadge StateManager.png
Qwaletee(5) [PM] Metro NY Badge Mentor.pngBadge StateManager.png
dmcrandall(4) [PM] Staten Island Badge MapRaider.pngBadge StateManager.png
Shaq23(4) [PM] Brooklyn and parts of NJ Badge StateManager.png
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
bummerdude69(4) [PM] Brooklyn
Jakflash (5) [PM] Hudson Valley Badge MapRaider.pngBadge StateManager.png
Joyriding(4) [PM] Western NY / NYC Boroughs Badge MapRaider.png
john-cole(3) [PM] Syracuse Major portion of CNY area
Poncewattle(3) [PM] Bronx DE/VA Resident
voludu2(3) [PM] Binghamton Prospect Mountain project; looking for new editors
whoaitspete(3) [PM] Albany-Rensselaer-Troy Badge MapRaider.png
zikzak(3) [PM] Ithaca / Cortland FC Upgrades

The following editors are also editing in the state and working towards an Area Manager position.

Other Area Editors (Add to or edit this section)
Username General Editing Area Comments
JakePost(2) [PM] Brooklyn/Manhattan, NY
nikrg1(2) [PM] Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, & occasionally Staten Island. (Also in CT)
Radon214(2) [PM] Warren/Washington/Saratoga FC upgrades. Not yet mentored.
ShadowMasterCM(2) [PM] Western NY/Finger Lakes (Upstate NY)
TheLastTatertot(2) [PM] Queens, NY and everywhere en route from RI Badge MapRaider.png
Dan061(1) [PM] Queens, NY FC Upgrades
fc_alex(1) [PM] Brooklyn/Staten Island/Manhattan, NY
earble(1) [PM] Binghamton

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