The OSM has all the routing for the buses in my city, even showing the ID of the bus if you zoom close enough. I know how to download the shapefiles with the roads, rails, etc., from Geofabrik, but the bus routing isn't included there.

If I can't get access to this routes in ArcMap, I'll have to draw them one by one, which doesn't make that much sense since that work has already been done. Please, can someone help me?

  • Bus routes are available with routing info from download.bbbike.org/osm/bbbike/Lissabon shapefile format will be your best bet for arcgis.
    – Mapperz
    May 5, 2014 at 16:40
  • Could you please elaborate on how to access the routing info? I've downloaded the shape files but none of them seem to have this data. Maybe they're not included in shape files?
    – user29903
    May 5, 2014 at 20:19
  • Conver to File Geodatabase and use the Network Analysis so the at ArcGIS can build your routes.
    – Mapperz
    May 5, 2014 at 21:58

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When you need some kind of special or selective data from openstreetmap it's always a good idea to reach them via overpass. Here is a piece of code to get lines of route=bus

<osm-script output="json" timeout="25">
    <query type="relation">
      <has-kv k="route" v="bus"/>
      <bbox-query {{bbox}}/>
    <recurse type="relation-way"/>
    <recurse type="way-node"/>
  <print mode="body"/>
  <print mode="skeleton" order="quadtile"/>

This link will take you stright to the site with filled query - all you have to do is scroll the map to desired area, run the query and export results to file.

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