Google Maps Adds Real-Time Public Transport Data
Google today announced a new feature for Google Maps for Mobile that will alert public transportation users when their train and/or bus will actually arrive. When users click on a transit station or plan a transit route with Google Maps and there are delays or alerts related to the planned route, users will see "live departure times" and alerts that may be associated with that transit line. Google says it has teamed up with transit agencies in a handful of cities and countries to add this feature. The initial batch of cities including this capability are Boston; Portland, Ore.; San Diego; San Francisco; and Madrid and Turin. Google said it is working with other cities and transit agencies to expand the reach of this service. Live transit data is available in Google Maps for Android (devices running Android 1.6 and up), as well as most mobile browsers and the desktop version of Google Maps.