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Abbreviations and such

Started by hurricanehink, September 10, 2015, 01:02:29 PM

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Not sure where to post this, but I was wondering where I could find the abbreviations for certain routes. I want to make sure a route is entered correctly, specifically the Interstate 895 spur in Furnace Branch, MD. The link is md.i895sprfur, but it doesn't say anywhere what it should be entered as. This also applies to other spurs.

Here is the link -

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This is the right place to post it, and I agree that this is an issue.

I believe, looking, in this specific case it is "MD I-895SprFur 6 6B" to claim it as fully clinched.


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MD US50Red <point1> <point2>


I never realized that the entries you'd need to put in the .list files aren't in the draft highway browser!  They are now.  At least in the big list.  There's a new column which gives exactly what you'd need to put in your .list to specify the route name.  When I get a chance, I'll add it somewhere on the per-route pages with the waypoint list and map.
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Another option is to use the CHM Highway Browser,  Each highway's waypoint list will be preceded by the route abbreviation you need to enter in your list file. This won't help you with routes (like the new I-41, and I-99 in New York) added since CHM went dormant, but it'll work most of the time. Also, some routes that were in CHM have been extended. deleted, or otherwise modified in Travel Mapping, so use CHM data with caution.
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The name of the route is the name in the URL, with the following modifications:
- any leading zeros in the number get dropped
- "i" for interstates and "a" for Quebec Autoroutes get a dash between them and the number

As far as I'm aware list file entries are not case sensitive.

It also helps to get a feel for how routes are named, since there is a standard. A bannered route or a route with multiple segments will have the first three letters of the associated place name at the end. So for example Business 83 in York PA becomes "I-83BLYor".
Named highways use the first three letters of each word plus the standard post office abbreviation for the suffix ("Taconic State Parkway" becomes "TacStaPkwy"), with the exception that if a word is four letters all four get included ("Atlantic City Expressway" becomes "AtlCityExpy").

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Quote from: Duke87 on September 10, 2015, 11:00:08 PMA bannered route or a route with multiple segments will have the first three letters of the associated place name at the end.
For routes with multiple segments, the longest segment will usually (but not always) lack the placename abbreviation. For example, vanilla NS4 vice NS4NGl et al, or ME113 vice ME113Fry and ME113Whi. Both NH ME113 segments (NH ME113Con & NH ME113Cha) have an abbrev.

In the case of NE59, the longer segment has the abbrev. and the shorter one none, as I didn't have anything good to name the shorter one after.

The first-three-letters rule is not always strictly adhered to: Fort Worth -> FtW, New Glasgow -> NGl, South Portland -> SPo, etc.
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