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Google Maps Has Started To Provide Live Transit Updates

June 8, 2011

In Boston, Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin, Google Maps will now provide you with the actual time that your bus or train will arrive, instead of just stating the scheduled time of arrival.

OCTA was one of the first few transit operators that had their system data available on Google Maps.  I hope that OCTA will continue that pioneering spirit in the field of providing transit information and become one of the first few transit operators to provide real-time updates on Google Maps.

From Sasha Gontmakher on the Official Google Blog – Often when I’m taking public transit, I arrive at my stop on time only to anxiously check my watch and look down the street for my bus, which is running late once again. Those extra minutes I’m forced to wait seem like an eternity, and the only information I can access on my phone is when the bus was supposed to arrive.

Starting now, Google Maps for mobile and desktop can tell you when your ride is actually going to arrive with new live transit updates. We partnered with transit agencies to integrate live transit data in four U.S. cities and two European cities: Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin.

When you click on a transit station or plan a transit route with Google Maps and there are delays or alerts related to your trip, you’ll now see “live departure times” (indicated with a special icon) and service alerts.

We’re working with our public transit partners to help them provide live data to more people in more cities. You can get live transit updates in the latest version of…to read the rest of this story, please click here.


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