This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Vermont. 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 WME Scripts
- 4 Community
- 5 Cities and towns
- 6 Major roads
- 7 Special roads
- 8 Closures
- 9 Places
- 10 Update Requests
- 11 Cameras
- 12 To do list
- 13 Area Managers
- 14 Other states and territories
- 15 About this page
Vermont is a part of the New England region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Vermont, 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.
Vermont follows the Functional Classification (FC) system for both state and non-state roads. This change from the previous road-typing guidance was changed in September 2014. As of January, 2016, all counties in Vermont have been updated to the new standard. More information is available in the Major Roads section.
- To properly type a Freeway, Major Highway, Minor Highway, or Primary Street, refer to the 2016 Functional Classification Map site and cross reference that against the Waze Functional Classification table. There is also an interactive version of the 2016 map.
- Vermont E9-1-1 Viewer - Statewide GIS with Address numbers and POI information.
- Vermont Center for Geographic Information
- VCGI - VT Interactive Map Viewer (Requires Microsoft Silverlight)
- Vermont Interstate & US Routes with Exit Numbers
- Vermont Interstate Exits and Rest Areas
- Vermont Statewide Park and Ride Lots - Park & Ride can be mapped as "Parking Lot" place type.
- VTrans Construction Projects - Map of Current and planned VTrans Construction Projects
- Vermont Planned Bridge Closings - Map of Current year bridge closings
County-Town Map Series
- Town Highway maps - The chief purpose of these maps is to document classification and mileage of town highways for purposes of calculating payment to towns of State Aid for town highway maintenance.
- Burlington City GIS
Useful scripts to help you start your WME carrier. Please read the General installation instructions before installing scripts.
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 Vermont.
- Vermont 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.
There is a Discord Channel for Vermont editors. This is the primary and official communications link. Feel free to ask for an invitation from the RC or any Vermont 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).
Census Designated Places (CDPs) and unincorporated towns or communities should NOT be listed in the city field for map features. If any city, or town names not in the lists above are encountered on road segments or places, please remove them.
Vermont currently observes the following Standardized Name nomenclature for Numbered Routes:
|Road Type||Standardized Name|
State Highway numbering includes spurs and loops (E.g. VT-67A).
These naming conventions should also be applied to "Old" numbered routes that have become local streets after the completion of new highway alignments. For example, "Old State Rte ##" and "Old US Hwy ##" Should be renamed "Old VT-##" and "Old US-##" respectively. In some cases, it may be necessary to research whether the old route was formerly a state or US highway.
State Highway Signage
Most state highways are maintained by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). However, some entire routes, and portions of others, are maintained by local governments, such as towns or cities, instead. These town-maintained routes are internally called "state-designated town highways" and are typically designated as "class 1 town highways".
Map editors should treat both types of state highways the same when dealing with road types.
These are the general guidelines for elevation in Vermont. Note that these guidelines are currently under revision on the National level, and are subject to change:
- Drivable and non-drivable segments are handled the same way with elevation.
- Set elevation to Ground on all non-tunneled segments that are not passing over/beneath another segment or waterway.
- Only segments that "cannot see the sky" should have negative elevation (i.e. tunnels).
- Only set elevation as high as necessary.
- Elevation of overlapping segments should be set relative to each other, with the lowest segment as Ground (unless a tunnel).
- If you use the Bridge tool to join segments, be aware that it raises the elevation of the joined segment. Lower the joined segment as appropriate.
Regarding Local and Alternate Names:
In situations where a highway passes through a town, the road in those areas is typically named something other than the numbered route. In these situations the road should be named based on the following conditions:
- If the local street signs provide guidance with the local name, that should be used as the primary name in the Waze map. The numbered route should be added as an alternate name.
- If the local signs only indicate the route number, then that should be the primary name and the local road name should be added as an alternate name.
Vermont has adopted the New England Road Type Locking Standard.
In Vermont 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: Do Not Mass Edit just to update locks to these standards, these can be adjusted as you find them while editing other aspects of the segments such as FC, speed limits, naming, etc.
Some segments still warrant higher locks and care should be taken when setting segment lock to these standards to look for and protect these special setups with higher locks. Some examples; segments which are part of BDP, U-turn prevention, or using micro-doglegs, or other complex intersection setups.
Vermont 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Vermont has adopted the New England Region Place Locking Standards
|PLACE TYPE||LOCK LEVEL|
|National & State Parks and Monuments||5|
|Military Installation / Airport||5|
|Hospitals / Urgent Care / Police & Fire Dept||4|
|Gas Stations / Charging Stations||3|
|Schools / Universities / Colleges||3|
|Government Buildings / Consulates||3|
|Subway, Commuter, and Passenger 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.
Place Name Harmonization
In an effort to standardize Place Names, Vermont 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.
You should familiarize yourself with the Gas Stations wiki - specifically naming, branding, and stop points.
Also understand, that to provide the best navigation instructions for a Wazer, u-turns should be enabled at each end of the PLR drawn through the gas station.
Update Request Resolution Policy
The New England Region follows the USA standard for Update Requests (URs) outlined HERE. The New England states have the following ASAP/4/7 day lifecycle goal for handling URs:
Update Request Lifecycle
| Initial Response:
- If the Wazer responds, but further clarification is still required, the response clock starts over at Day 1 as the editor awaits new information.
- If you find a UR which is older than 7 days which has not been touched by another editor but requires additional information to resolve, apologize for the late response and ask if the reporter still remembers the problem and can clarify. This starts the UR response clock as Day 1.
Update Request Ownership
- All editors are considered to have equal ownership and responsibility for all URs.
- All editors are encouraged to attempt to resolve URs at any point during their lifecycle, provided the response time guidance is followed, even if other editors happen to be actively working the report.
- If an editor has asked for clarification and received a response from the reporter, as a courtesy, please give the initial editor a few days to work on a resolution before taking over the UR.
Things to remember
- The main objective is to resolve legitimate map issues, not just to close URs. Take the time to understand the issue and ensure the reporter has the allotted time to respond.
- Even though you may be a volunteer editor, you still represent Waze; be professional and objective with your responses.
- Keep responses short; some folks might be responding in the Waze app and reading long responses can be a pain!
- You should always leave a comment on a UR, even if you're just closing out old reports.
- Plugins such as URO+, UR Comments, and UR-MP Tracking can make responding to URs much easier. Check them out!
- Be sure to review the Wiki documentation on Handling Update Requests, especially the section about Response Etiquette.
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.
When adding a camera, 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 Vermont.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, red light and speed cameras are illegal statewide in Vermont.
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.
This state does not currently have an active "to do" list at this time. Check in the Vermont section of the Waze forums to discuss creating one.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Vermont. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Vermont, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Vermont, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Vermont 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.
|Vermont — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators|
[RC] orbitc ( )
[ARC1] Banished ( )
GHO Display Name
| Country Managers (New England region)|
| orbitc(6) [ ]
|Entire State of VT, also DE, NJ, PA. NY, ME, MA, NH, RI, CT|| |
Global Champ / Coordinator of Northeast & New England
| banished(6) [ ]
|Country Wide|| |
Assistant Regional 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.
|DrNeubie(6) [ ]||US Champ/Country Mgr/PA State Mgr|| |
| Dmcrandall(5) [ ]
|Mountain States, New England & US Territories|| |
US Country Mgr - AZ Resident
| SanzClew(5) [ ]
|MA/RI State Manager|| |
Moved to MA 40 yrs ago
|State Managers (New England region)|
| johnsninja58(5) [ ]
|VT State Manager|| |
Multi-State Manager for New England Region.
| jaywazin(5) [ ]
Multi-State Manager for New England Region. MA State Manager
| Moogonk(5) [ ]
Multi-State Manager for New England Region. Resident NH State Manager.
| Area Managers |
|Mudge42(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Multi-State Manager for New England Region. MA State Manager
| whoaitspete(5) [ ]
US CM / NY SM
|MadcatVT(4) [ ]||Statewide|| |
| Bobc455(4) [ ]
|W1QA(4) [ ]||Kingdom of VT|| |
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|
|RonRossiKK1L(2) [ ]||Jericho Area||Local Resident|
|xmasboy(1) [ ]||Chittenden & Washington Counties|
|Old_G0at(1) [ ]||Chittenden||Local Resident|
|carlp456(1) [ ]||Chittenden||Local Resident|
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