Google Maps Adds NYC Subway Service Alerts
Google may not be able to improve the reliability of the subway, but a new Maps feature lets you see the trouble spots.New York City straphangers have a new tool at their disposal when trying to figure out if that G train is actually going to show up or not: Google announced a feature for its Maps application that shows planned service alerts for the citys subways, which serve more than 1 billion riders each year. The app is designed to give subway riders information on trains that may be skipping stops, have been rerouted on another line or arent running at all due to scheduled maintenance (were looking at you, F train). Users click on any of the 468 NYC subway stations labeled on Google Maps and they will then be provided with information regarding any planned service changes that would affect that station, as well as other relevant alerts that will be included in the transit directions pointing riders in the right direction. To adjust the travel around the alerts seen, users simply choose another suggested route or change the departure time.
Weve been working to deliver you with the most accurate and useful information about subway, bus, commuter rail and ferry service across the greater metro area, Csaba Garay, Google Maps transit partner technology manager, wrote in a company blog post. For everybody who lives in one of New York Citys five boroughs, commutes in and out every day or is visiting for business or vacation, we hope todays update improves the ease and efficiency of your trips around the city.