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Live public transit updates from Google Maps

June 8, 2011

Living in Los Angeles, we don’t really care about the public transport system, but commuters in Boston, Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid (Spain) and Turin (Italy) are in luck, because starting now, Google Maps for mobile and desktop can tell you when your ride is actually going to arrive with new live transit updates.

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.

Live transit departure times after tapping on a station

Live transit departure times after tapping on a station

Live service alerts when receiving transit directions

Live service alerts when receiving transit directions

Live departures and alerts on desktop

Live departures and alerts on desktop

Google is working with their public transit partners to help provide live data to more people in more cities. You can get live transit updates in the latest version of Google Maps for mobile (requires Android 1.6+), as well as Google Maps on all supported desktop and mobile browsers.

[Source: Google Blog. Images via Google Blog]



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