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BVE

Boso View Express

The TransferPoint/BVE NYC Subway Station Numbering Project

Why this project? I wanted a way to standardize the stations for BVE routes done in the New York City Subway System, so that Free Objects can be transplanted from one route to another without being renumbered from route to route, on routes that share the same station. In the most recent versions of BVE, a route can have up to 65,536 free objects. The New York City Subway (the NYCS) has 468 stations in operation, so an allocation of 100 free objects per station is available.

How does it work? Each station is assigned a number, either according to the date the station opened, or according to alphabetical arrangement of chaining letters, depending on division. This assigned number is then used in the definition and use of the station's free objects throughout the BVE routes.

You used the word routes in plural in your last answer. Does that mean that the free objects are portable? If your definition of portable means that the same objects can be used on another route that uses the same station, then yes, the objects would be portable.

Why did you do this? I did it to develop a standard to enhance the portability of objects for NYCS routes for BVE. This way, developers don't have to use different numbers for the same station on two different routes.

Cool! How can I get involved? Just use the standard, as described below.
Free Object # Usage
From To
0 99 User's Discretion
100 50599 Station Free Objects
50600 59999 (Reserved for more stations)
60000 62099 Sign Objects, static trains, etc.
62100 65535 User's Discretion

There are only 468 stations, why is there space for 505? The extra numbers are used for abandoned stations, and dual-level stations with different designs (e.g. 59th St/Lexington Avenue, 5 Avenue/53 Street, Bergen Street, etc.).

What's with the reserved numbers? These numbers are for lines that used to run, but no longer exist. Namely, the elevated stations in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.

So what are the numbers? I have drawn up a map with the numbers (88K PDF), and I've done a line-by-line for specific lines.

What about the signs, etc. (60000 to 61099)? I've made a list, and it's available here.