Where is the latest US POI rest area file?

 
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Thanks MrKenFL and

now time to upgrade this one!

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Tnx

Mr. Kenfl I use that file a lot and there were a few bugs but not too many.

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If there are bugs

If you know of bugs in the Rest Area Combined file let me know via my contact e-mail address. That's how we keep it as much up to date as possible

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Long Island

MrKenFL, watch out when you come to Long Island because there are no Rest Areas here that have bathrooms! If there was one I would have reported it. The Island is 150 miles long and 30 miles wide, with an Interstate, so this is a pitiful situation.

dobs108 redface Syosset NY - Long Island

Thanks dobs108

I'll make sure that I make FULL use of the facilities when I get a final gas fill-up on the NJ Tpk. - don't want to pay Long Island gas prices either (so I've been told)

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New Brunswick

This would sound a lot like New Brunswick. TransCanada Highway 2 in New Brunswick is 323 miles long from the Québec border to the Nova Scotia border, and along that route you have exactly one location with bathrooms: the Vistor Information Centre on the New Brunswick side of the provincial border.

The reality is however that New Brunswick uses its park system as a rest area network, and you have to leave the TransCanada to get to them. Without looking at a map, I presume there's no way off the Interstate to find a place with restrooms?

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Have a great trip, MrKenFL

Be safe and have fun.

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Rest Areas Combined Updated to Version AI

Due to my travel schedule over the next month I am updating a couple weeks early.

The Rest Areas Combined POI file has been updated to Version AI on 5/7/2011.
There were 23 additions/deletions/corrections bringing total locations to 2164 - an increase of 3.
5 States were effected. (KS, ME, NY, OK, TX)

One user submitted inputs and has been thanked individually.

POI Verifier II was run on this update before submittal.

Happy Travels to ALL !

MrKenFL

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Thanks MrKen

...as usual.

Be safe in your travels!

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Thank You Gary

Will be driving in 17 states and 3 provinces of Canada.

About 5100 miles and 26 days.

Lots of Rest Areas to check out and a whole bunch of lobster, mussels and scallops to eat up in the Maritimes. This will be our first visit to PEI and will get to check out the Confederation Bridge.

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Great Trip

Sounds like a great trip... of course, we know you're only going to verify the accuracy of your rest area file. wink mrgreen

You guys have a safe and enjoyable trip. Take lots of pictures. grin

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Rest Areas Combined file Updated

The "RestAreasCombined" POI file has been updated to Ver. AJ with an increase of 2 locations bringing the total to 2166.
There were 7 additions/Deletions/Corrections made in 2 states (NC, VA).

POI Verifier II was run on this version prior to submittal..

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closed service plaza on PA Turnpike

@MrKenFL,
I traveled the PA Turnpike this weekend and the following eastbound service plaza was permantly closed and does not show on the PA Turnpike Service Plaza list anymore. The MM75 WB Service Plaza is still there.

SERVICE PLAZA EB I-76 MM75

Thanks for your hard work on this file.

Confirmation
http://www.paturnpike.com/geninfo/srvcplaza/svcplazas.aspx

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thank You

bear007 wrote:

@MrKenFL,
I traveled the PA Turnpike this weekend and the following eastbound service plaza was permantly closed and does not show on the PA Turnpike Service Plaza list anymore.

Thanks for the input - I have removed this Rest Area from my Master file and will be shown in the next update at POI Factory in mid-July as I updated yesterday.

Thanks again !

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Favorite

This is one of my all time favorite POI files. I love this one. I set a 2 mile warning so there's plenty of time to decide if we need to pull over and that avoids problems with missing the sign due to some truck blocking it when we're driving.

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I-10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles

While traveling westbound on I-10 recently I had my TomTom set to display both the rest areas provided by TomTom and the rest areas in the file from here. I found several rest areas marked with government hghway signs that showed up in the TomTom files but not in the POI-Factory file.

However, I also found one rest area identified by highway signs that did not show up in either the TomTom file or the POI-Factory file. I marked it with my GPS and subsequently found it in Google Maps. It is the "Wileys Well Rest Area", and the coordinates of the exit ramps for it are:

Westbound:
33.608245
-114.896697

Eastbound:
33.60753
-114.901654

I did not actually visit the rest area and cannot comment on its facilities and cleanliness, but it is marked with government highway signs and shows up in Google maps.

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Check your POI files

-et- wrote:

While traveling westbound on I-10 recently I had my TomTom set to display both the rest areas provided by TomTom and the rest areas in the file from here. I found several rest areas marked with government hghway signs that showed up in the TomTom files but not in the POI-Factory file.

However, I also found one rest area identified by highway signs that did not show up in either the TomTom file or the POI-Factory file. I marked it with my GPS and subsequently found it in Google Maps. It is the "Wileys Well Rest Area", and the coordinates of the exit ramps for it are:

Westbound:
33.608245
-114.896697

Eastbound:
33.60753
-114.901654

I did not actually visit the rest area and cannot comment on its facilities and cleanliness, but it is marked with government highway signs and shows up in Google maps.

I'm not sure what Rest Area POI file you are using or, if using the "Rest Areas Combined" file from POI Factory, what version you are using BUT Wileys Well Rest Area has been in the RAC file for a long time.

It's coordinates, as shown in the Rest Areas Combined file here at POI Factory, are :

-114.897594,33.60824,"REST AREA-FOLLOW SIGNS WB I-10","RR, PT, VM, Pets, HF"
-114.904988,33.607461,"REST AREA-FOLLOW SIGNS EB I-10","RR, PT, VM, Pets, HF"

If you are aware of any other Rest Areas not in the RAC file please let me know by my contact e-mail.

MrKenFL

P.S. The last changes to any CA locations in the RAC file here at POI Factory was in Version AD on 12/29/2010. Not exactly sure what those changes were but it was a long time ago.

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Oops -My Apologies

MrKenFL wrote:

I'm not sure what Rest Area POI file you are using or, if using the "Rest Areas Combined" file from POI Factory, what version you are using BUT Wileys Well Rest Area has been in the RAC file for a long time.

I was using the "Rest Areas Combined" file that I downloaded from here in early May of this year. I purchased our first GPS (a TomTom XXL540) only a short time before that, and am still learning how to use it properly.

The actual rest areas along I-10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles are set back some distance from the highway, so perhaps I have the alert radius set too small. As I said, neither the file that came with the TomTom nor the POI-Factory file gave me an alert for Wileys Well Rest Area, and it is farther off I-10 than the other areas that did show an alert from the TomTom file but not from the POI Factory file. When I have more free time I'll take a look at the coordinates in each file and try to see if that theory has any validity.

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Exit ramps

-et- wrote:
MrKenFL wrote:

I'm not sure what Rest Area POI file you are using or, if using the "Rest Areas Combined" file from POI Factory, what version you are using BUT Wileys Well Rest Area has been in the RAC file for a long time.

I was using the "Rest Areas Combined" file that I downloaded from here in early May of this year. I purchased our first GPS (a TomTom XXL540) only a short time before that, and am still learning how to use it properly.

The actual rest areas along I-10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles are set back some distance from the highway, so perhaps I have the alert radius set too small. As I said, neither the file that came with the TomTom nor the POI-Factory file gave me an alert for Wileys Well Rest Area, and it is farther off I-10 than the other areas that did show an alert from the TomTom file but not from the POI Factory file. When I have more free time I'll take a look at the coordinates in each file and try to see if that theory has any validity.

-et-, the locations used by Rest Areas Combined are the Exit Ramps to each RA and not the RA itself. MrKenFL created the file this way to ensure that offset RAs will still alert as you approach and drive by them--at least it does for Garmin nuvi GPS users. If you find an error in the coordinates, be sure to let the POI file maintainer know so it can be corrected.

Rest Areas Combined Updated to Version AK

The Rest Areas Combined POI file has been updated to version AK on 7/22/2011.
There were 11 additions/Deletions/Corrections made bringing the total locations to 2168, and increase of 2 locations.

The changes were made in 4 states (CA, NJ, OH, PA)

Users who submitted inputs have been thanked individually. POI Verifier II was run on this version before submittal.

Off on another little driving trip to NH, ME, Quebec, NY starting the 30th. ONLY 3500 miles this trip. Should be be home in Flor-i-duh around the middle of August.

Try to stay cool and safe travels to all !

MrKenFL

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bon voyage

Thanks for the changes to one of my favorites files.

Safe driving and stay cool.

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Thanks for the update.

Thanks for the update.

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I don't leave home without it, especially when I have a full coffee mug!

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Rest Areas Combined POI file Updated

Updated 8/15/2011 to Ver.AL
Inputs from 2 users this month who were thanked individually. Approx. 15 changes were made as a result of my recent driving trip.

Total locations now 2174. An increase of 6
Made 20 Additions/Deletions/Corrections in 9 States.
(FL,ME,NC,NH,NY,PA,SC,VA, WA)

POI Verifier II was run on this version before submittal.

MrKenFL

Edit: Correction made to total changes and one change in WA state which I neglected to list.

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Welcome back

Sr. MrKenFL when are you going to add WIFI to the rest area info?

Can we start reporting the Rest Areas that offer WIFI so you can add them?

Thanks

Flaco

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WiFi - sure

If you send me the coordinates of the Rest Area/Welcome Centers/Service Plazas I will peck away at adding the info.
Send them to my contact e-mail address.

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FREE WiFi

MrKenFL wrote:

If you send me the coordinates of the Rest Area/Welcome Centers/Service Plazas I will peck away at adding the info.
Send them to my contact e-mail address.

Just sent you a list of 92 from the state of TX, I hope others here at the Factory will also contribute to adding the WiFi info to the RestAreasCombined file.

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Most had WiFi info

In reviewing the list supplied by flaco I found that 84 of the 92 Texas Rest Areas/Welcome Centers etc. listed had the WiFi capability listed in Column 4 (info column) of the file and would have been displayed. However, flaco's list had a number of rest areas not in the file at all but will be in the next update of "Rest Areas Combined"

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Problem with POI Factory file conversions to TomTom format

MrKenFL wrote:
-et- wrote:

While traveling westbound on I-10 recently I had my TomTom set to display both the rest areas provided by TomTom and the rest areas in the file from here. I found several rest areas marked with government hghway signs that showed up in the TomTom files but not in the POI-Factory file.

However, I also found one rest area identified by highway signs that did not show up in either the TomTom file or the POI-Factory file. I marked it with my GPS and subsequently found it in Google Maps. It is the "Wileys Well Rest Area", and the coordinates of the exit ramps for it are:

Westbound:
33.608245
-114.896697

Eastbound:
33.60753
-114.901654

I did not actually visit the rest area and cannot comment on its facilities and cleanliness, but it is marked with government highway signs and shows up in Google maps.

I'm not sure what Rest Area POI file you are using or, if using the "Rest Areas Combined" file from POI Factory, what version you are using BUT Wileys Well Rest Area has been in the RAC file for a long time.

. . .

MrKenFL

P.S. The last changes to any CA locations in the RAC file here at POI Factory was in Version AD on 12/29/2010. Not exactly sure what those changes were but it was a long time ago.

Until recently I was not able to get the I-10 locations from Rest Areas Combined to show up on my TomTom. However, after reading the thread at:

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/33837

I decided to see if the problem is that there is some kind of formatting error in the OV2 file downloaded from here that causes my TomTom GPS to ignore the data in that file. I downloaded the CSV version of RestAreasCombined, converted it to the TomTom OV2 format myself, using POI Editor, and replaced the POI-Factory OV2 file with the OV2 file I had converted from the POI-Factory CSV file myself.

Eureka ! My TomTom XXL540 now recognized the Rest Areas along I-10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles that it was previously ignoring. When I replaced the OV2 file I converted myself with the OV2 file downloaded from here, my TomTom again ignored the Rest Areas.

Needless to say, my TomTom XXL540 GPS now has the RestAreasCombined OV2 file installed that I converted from the POI-Factory CSV file. My thanks for providing the file, and for all of the work that went into it..

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See JM's comment

See JM's comment on TomTom file conversion in this thread -

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/34122

Rest Areas Combined POI file Updated

The "Rest Areas Combined" POI file has been updated to version "AM" om 9/7/2011.

There were 24 additions/Deletions/Corrections made in 5 states (CA, NC, NH, NV, TX)

Total location are 2179, an increase of 5 !

Users who submitted inputs have been thanked individually.
POI Verifier II was run on this upgrade before submittal.

Probably have a few more changes coming up in October as we are heading out on a 3000 mile driving trip at the end of Sept. over mainly non-interstate roads so should pick up some new areas.

Hope everyone drives safely and sanely !

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Thanks MrKenFL

My bladder thank you, my legs thank you, and my lungs, they used to thank you.

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Rest Area / Stop

How does this file work ... I am new to all this & was wondering how to set the proximity alert for this file.

Does it work like finding 'food' or like the 'red light cameras'?

thanks

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rest area alerts

I load the Rest area combined file along with all my other custom POI files with Garmin's POI Loader in the manual mode setting the alert distance to 5555 ft for this particular file. This distance gives me ample time to determine if I have a need to stop and get into the proper lane of traffic.
I also include a .bmp icon and a .wav sound file along with the rest area file for visual and sound alert.
Follow the instructions shown in the FAQS here at POI Factory to load with POI Loader.
I generated my own sound file which says "Rest Area Ahead - any need ? " Of course , this sounds off at 5555 feet from off ramp to rest area.

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thanks

looks like a great job ... thanks for your help.
I got the file loaded now I have to get the .bmp & .wav files in there

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don't forget your SOX

jacj wrote:

looks like a great job ... thanks for your help.
I got the file loaded now I have to get the .bmp & .wav files in there

You'll need SOX.exe as well.

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Rest Areas Combined file updated to Version AN

The Rest Areas Combined Custom POI file has been updated to Version AN on 10/8/2011.
There were 27 Additions/Deletions/Corrections made in 7 states. (AL, AR, FL, MO, MS, NC, TN)
This brings the total locations to 2187, an increase of 8 locations.
POI Verifier II was run on the file before submittal !

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Don't know what I am doing ...

I downloaded the AL Rest Areas & loaded them to my 2460 Nuvi ... nothing showed up on the trip down & back. They show on the unit ... I set the alerts for 5500 ft.

what is the world am I doing wrong?

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POI Loader

jacj wrote:

I downloaded the AL Rest Areas & loaded them to my 2460 Nuvi ... nothing showed up on the trip down & back. They show on the unit ... I set the alerts for 5500 ft.

what is the world am I doing wrong?

Have you tried using POI Loader, or did you drag the file over to the Nuvi?

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used the POI Loader ... I

used the POI Loader ... I had the nuvi connected ...
I did not use the speed option just the feet set at 5500 (ft) ... ???
question question

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The Alabama file

jacj wrote:

used the POI Loader ... I had the nuvi connected ...
I did not use the speed option just the feet set at 5500 (ft) ... ???
question question

The AL file will probably never alert as the location is on the building and most are too far from the highway. Download MrKens Combined file. It's more current and the poi locations are at the highway off ramp.

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thanks ... I will give that

grin
thanks ... I will give that a try

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Good move

jacj wrote:

grin
thanks ... I will give that a try

A good move. The Rest Areas Combined file is the file to install even if you can find smaller state by state files.

In addition to the Combined file allowing alerts (because the rest area location is set to the exit ramp and not to the rest area buildings), the other reason to choose the Combined file over state by state files is that the Combined file is frequently updated with additions, removals, and even "TEMP CLOSURE" notices. Most smaller rest area files for individual states are quite old and won't have the latest updates.

Rest Areas combined updated to Version AO

The Rest Areas Combined Custom POI file has been updated to Version AO on 11/15/2011.
There were 12 Additions/Deletions/Corrections made in 4 states. (AL, NC, OH, TX)
The number of locations remains the same at 2187.
POI Verifier II was run on the file before submittal !

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Thank you

The older I get the more I use this POI.
I seem to need rest areas more when I am on the road.
Thanks from the botom of my heart and other polces near by. LOL

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Thanks

Whether we stop or not becomes a contest of "wills" between my S.O. and me.
My alert announcement now says "Rest Area Ahead - any need" Then the contest begins - who will give in and say yes !

I cheat tho - I check to see how far it is to the next one before I make the final decision.

The "more advanced we get in maturity" the less chance of saying NO to the upcoming Rest Area !

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I'll Go Get It Now

What is it about getting older & needing more rest stops?!? confused And I just had prostate surgery (3rd time in 8 years) last month. It's not working well but I have no choice but to let it wait for now. This coming weekend I start my drive from Indy to Ft Meyers, FL with the in-laws' car. I have no idea what to expect for needing rest stops. ARGH!

Thanks MrKen exclaim grin

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Safe Trip Gary

Hope your drive is safe and comfortable.
With 3 (I'm assuming) "more mature" adults in the car you'll be checking out a lot of the Rest Areas for me.

Should be in relatively good shape for Rest Areas - haven't seen too much activity along your route, which I assume will be mostly I-65, I-24, I-75.

Happy Trails !

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Surgery

Gary A wrote:

What is it about getting older & needing more rest stops?!? confused And I just had prostate surgery (3rd time in 8 years) last month. It's not working well but I have no choice but to let it wait for now. This coming weekend I start my drive from Indy to Ft Meyers, FL with the in-laws' car. I have no idea what to expect for needing rest stops. ARGH!

Thanks MrKen exclaim grin

Had my Prostate removed 5 yrs ago, so far so good, O PSA,

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