Tim Sookram • about 6 years ago
Universal unique IDs for subway stations
It would be great if there was one ID per station (and stop) that was available in each data set.
For example, in the elevator status, the station is "125TH ST STATION" and it belongs to train number "A/B/C/D." In Station entrances, it is "125th St" and has four route_ids A,B,C,D. In GTFS, it's "125 St" and the stop ID is "A15."
The naming isn't consistent (sometimes "th", sometimes "station", sometimes all caps), but that would be ok if there was an unambiguous identifier for the station.
This is especially important since so many stations share names. This is one of four stations called 125 St. A unique ID would make all this information easier to use together.
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