District of Columbia
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Information related to editing in the District of Columbia.
Cities and towns
Washington is the only city in the District of Columbia and it spans the entire area.
Do not use the names associated with ZIP codes or the name of a neighborhood, community, or subdivision. Be sure to also set the city name of any alternate names correctly.
Places is the Waze Point of Interest (POI) system. Places supports two types of POIs: Point and Area. Disctrict of Columbia editors should follow the Places Wiki for guidance in regards to mapping Points of Interest & Businesses.
Major construction projects
See this thread in the DC Forum for a list of long term road closures and changes to traffic flow that impact the Waze Map.
- Divided Highways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts/Traffic Circles
- Parking Lot Roads
- Toll Roads
- 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.
Generally, if a path can't be driven on (e.g. Walking Trail, Pedestrian Boardwalk, Stairway, Railroad, Runway/Taxiway) then it not normally mapped. If it is mapped, it should not be connected to any roads. This is due to the way the routing engine works, as Waze will route users to drive on these "non-drivable" road types.
It is permitted to map Railroads since some users run Waze while on the train and contributing false data to the system. This false data has been known to effect drivers on adjacent roads. Railroads should be level -5 and locked at the highest level of the editor.
Time restricted turns
Visit the Scheduled restrictions page for instructions on time restricted turns.
Speed / red light cameras
In the District of Columbia, there are seven different types of traffic enforcement cameras. Below is a table containing each type of camera and how it should be mapped.
|Camera Type||Icon Used|
|Traditional Speed Cameras||Speed Camera|
|Speed Cameras at Intersections||Speed Camera|
|Traditional Red Light Cameras||Red Light Camera|
|Gridlock Cameras||Red Light Camera|
|Stop Sign Cameras||Red Light Camera|
|Pedestrian Right of Way Cameras||Red Light Camera|
|Oversized Vehicle Cameras||Not Mapped|
Reference the DC MPD Automated Traffic Enforcement page to verify camera locations.
Other camera types
These are cameras or signs that either provide driver feedback or are used for traffic control. These devices CAN NOT issue tickets and should not be mapped.
These are official sources of information that can be used in the editor, in the form of downloadable PDFs or interactive GIS maps. See Using External Sources for acceptable sources of information.
See the following links for mapping information specific to these neighboring states:
|Username||Area Managed||Comments||Forum PM|
|Rank 6 Country Managers|
|CBenson||Region 10 Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator||Rank 6||PM|
|Rank 5 State Manager|
|russblau||State Manager (also area manager for Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax)||PM|
|Rank 4 Area Managers|
|Rank 3 Area Managers|
|jr1982jr||Northeast Washington DC||PM|
If you are an Area Manager that covers the District of Columbia, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in DC, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username).
If you have questions, you can send a PM (private message) to your Area Manager through the forum. If your area is not listed, enable the Area Managers layer in the map editor to identify them. Some areas have multiple area managers while other areas have none.