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Whenever I try to add a polyline between points of equal latitude, Mapbox responds with an error (example shown below). If I change the latitude of one of the points by 0.00001 degrees, then it works fine.

Does anyone understand why?

Example: Try to add a polyline between the points (40, -90) and (40, -91). Using Google’s Interactive Polyline Encoder Utility, as shown in screenshot below, gives the following encoded polyline: _ocsF~bidP?~hbE
enter image description here

But when using this encoded polyline in a request, Mapbox responds with an error as described below:
Request:
https://api.mapbox.com/styles/v1/mapbox/streets-v11/static/path-1+e00-2(_ocsF~bidP?~hbE)/-90,40,7,0,0/500x400?access_token=YOUR_MAPBOX_ACCESS_TOKEN
Response: {"message":"Not Authorized - No Token"}

Now change the latitude of the second point to 40.00001. Using Google’s Interactive Polyline Encoder Utility gives the following encoded polyline: _ocsF~bidPA~hbE
enter image description here

And using this encoded polyline in a request returns the image I expect:
Request:
https://api.mapbox.com/styles/v1/mapbox/streets-v11/static/path-1+e00-2(_ocsF~bidPA~hbE)/-90,40,7,0,0/500x400?access_token=YOUR_MAPBOX_ACCESS_TOKEN
Response:
enter image description here

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  • I would write to Mapbox support and ask if you have found a bug. Your encoded overlay seems to be valid docs.mapbox.com/api/maps/#overlay-options.
    – user30184
    Aug 21 '19 at 18:05
  • Good idea, @user30184. I emailed Mapbox. I'll update here with any helpful information they provide. Aug 21 '19 at 18:30
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Good news...Mapbox support was very helpful! It turns out that the problem arises from the question mark character in the encoded polyline. If you replace the ? with %3F it works just fine!

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