The term “stop” is used in different ways. In relation to opentransportdata.swiss, it is understood to mean the place where passengers can officially board public transport.
According to the above definition, “stop” is the umbrella term used for all means of transport used in public transport. Therefore, it also includes, for instance, railway stations, boat jetties or cableway stations. The origin of every stop in Switzerland features in the application DiDok (DienststellenDokumentation). This ensures that they are identified uniquely and that they have a unique name and that this name complies with the Ordinance on Geographical Names (valid only since it came into force).
A stop is generally split into smaller sections, e.g. boarding areas, sectors or platforms. It can be combined with other stops, also at a higher level, to form, for instance, metastations or mobility points. This type of structure is currently being discussed nationally, with the aim of achieving an agreed model for public transport in Switzerland. The aim is to have a unique ID for every object.
Official name and uses
Every stop has an official name. This features in DiDok. In the station list, the first part of the name is the official name in most cases. There are also exceptions.
The following appears in the data:
The official name is displayed at the Station.
The reason for this is that there are two names (BEZEICHNUNG_35 and Address)
The differences can be seen e.g. in the following cases:
Land Bez_35 Address
85 Oberkirch Oberkirch LU
85 Schwanden Schwanden GL
85 Mannenbach Mannenbach URh
85 Reichenau Reichenau URh
85 Saas Saas im Prättigau
85 Langnau Langnau i.E.
85 Wabern Wabern GB
85 Bellevue Bellevue NE
85 Benken Benken SG
85 Wil Wil SG
85 Wohlen Wohlen AG