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Google Introduces Live Transit Schedules to Mobile and Desktop Maps

This my friends, is something that has been needed for so long that I can’t even begin to express how excited I am.  As of today, Google Maps on Android and desktop will show live transit times and schedules in a select few cities:  Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco.  Now, when you zoom way in on your map and tap on the transit icon for the stop you are accessing, you will receive live feedback on whether or not your train or bus is actually on time.  You’ll be able to see alerts, delays, and even detours all right from your phone.  Fantastic.  

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Via:  Google Mobile

  • http://twitter.com/daniel_quach Daniel Quach

    seriously, nothing for los angeles?

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  • Anonymous

    oh come on couldn’t they give los angeles some love? we have buses and subways. i feel left out…

    • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

      Ya feel me? {{o_0}}

  • http://twitter.com/howzball Mike

    Awesome! Now if only I didn’t live in a state with the highest number of conservatives in the world maybe we could actually Get a mass transit system.
    Thanks Google but I fear we’re too in love with oil to take advantage of this feature.

    • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

      Preach. {{-_-}}

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp 

  • Anonymous

    Portland Love baby! I love it…. sunset transit center to the pearl via max ERRRRY fri and sat night

    • Chase805

      Most people from Portland don’t like to admit they hang out in the Pedal unless they’re all yuppie-fied…you mustn’t be from around these parts Jessup.

      • Anonymous

        Portland is the #1 city in the US with the per capita young people moving into downtown, and many are moving to the pearl.  I just graduated from UO last Sept, and even with the career I get 2 days a week to pretend like I’m in college… the pearl is alumni HQ

        I’ve lived here pretty much my entire life other than college, I’m 23 next week, I watched downtown go from a a complete dump, with the pearl looking like a nuclear disaster zone, to what it is now… it is incredible how up Portland has become

        • Tyrian

          whats the live music scene like in Pearl?

          • Anonymous

            Not great, but in downtown there is live music everywhere… but I prefer girls over live music.. preference differences

    • eric

      i hate the commute between 5-6pm……..Beaverton here :)

  • http://twitter.com/jpbagley Jim Bagley

    This is really cool, I work for a transit agency and we already upload data for Google Transit. Curious what it takes to get them our real time info.

  • Interstellarmind

    if this isn’t a reason to get an android device, then i don’t know what is.

    waiting for thsi to hit NYC (i can understand why NYC isn’t first… 1) MTA sucks and i can see them being a problem with relaying info 2) subway network is REALLY vast)

  • psykotikz

    you dont do NYC first?  the city run on transit?  come on google!

    very excited about this though

    • Anonymous

      NYC transit network is such a mess and they hardly stick to schedule.

      why waste the time and effort and get a lot of bad press from users when it’s not Google’s fault you missed your train or bus.

      • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

        That’s what a disclaimer is for. Honestly, I’d applaud Big G just for giving the effort. Who knows? They’ve probably already got this in the plans. {{-_-}}

  • Anonymous

    One bus away works well for me in seattle

  • FortitudineVincimus

    They picked San Diego because our mass transit system SUCKS SO BAD there are only minimal options and minimal routes, they did not have to do much programming.

    This will be worth jumping for joy about when they tackle a place like NYC.

    But hey.. they said Madrid and I am going to Madrid in Sept.. that might be cool as train travel in Europe is awesome and this could make it more awesome.

  • Ssplawson

    Via schedule here in san Antonio tx

  • is there another place?

    NYC
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    N Y C 

    • SA

      U S A!  U S A!

      And very cool, Google. For anyone here in NYC who knows those new trial how-long-to-next-subway-train display boards, imagine how cool it would be to be able to get that info on your phone.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah this is definitely pretty sweet, now we need some of this for the NYC area

  • Chaser457

    First…what a great idea!