Google Maps Expands Its Public Transit Info Globally
Google Maps continues to grow its transit maps coverage for residents and tourists, this time adding coverage for every transit line in Great Britain.Google Maps public transit coverage just received another big update, this time giving residents and tourists in Great Britain coverage for every public transit line throughout the country. The company also added Google Maps with bus line coverage for Vancouver, Canada, and Chicago. These updates, as well as new transit information for every host city in Brazil just in time for the upcoming World Cup soccer matches, were unveiled by David Tattersall, the product manager for Google Maps public transit, in a May 14 post on the Google Maps Blog. "Over 70 percent of the world's population doesn't own a car—a surprising fact for anyone who's sat for what seems like hours on end in bumper-to-bumper traffic," wrote Tattersall in the post. "Millions of people rely on public transit to get around. That's why, since 2007, we've worked to include public transit routes and schedules in Google Maps. In fact, buses, trains, trams and subways included in Google Maps travel 200 million kilometers every day—that's the equivalent of driving every single road in the world three times!" The additions of the Great Britain coverage for every single transit route using Google Maps will make it easier for users there to get around, Tattersall wrote. "On the other side of the globe, Vancouverites looking for sun can now get real-time updates on whether a bus to Kits is faster than one to Third Beach."
The new bus route coverage in Chicago will give the same kinds of benefits to tourists and residents in the Windy City, he wrote. In Brazil, the new transit information recently added for the cities of Salvador, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, Natal and Cuiaba will help visitors who travel there for the World Cup competition that runs from June 12 through July 13. Six other Brazilian host cities, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Porto Alegre, already have Google Maps transit services.