Google Maps Now Offers Real-Time Transit Updates


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Only Available in Some Cities for Now... But More to Come
Google's been keeping busy lately, keeping many irons in the fire. I just wrote about their $280M investment in residential solar, but they're also trying to make mass transit more convenient by using live transit data from various cities around the world (right now only Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin, but that list will grow) to let commuters know - via Google Maps on desktop and mobile - when their ride will actually come.

When you click on a transit station or plan a transit route with Google Maps in one of the participating cities 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.

For more on how freeing transit data can help make the whole transportation system more efficient, check out: Chicago Bus Tracker: Transit goes 21st Century With User-Friendly Online GPS Tracking (Video).

See also: Google Invests $280M in Residential Solar Power!

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