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Google Maps Adds New York Subway Alerts and Delays, Never Be Late Again

An addition to Google Maps this morning should have all New Yorkers who take public transit very excited. Google has had transit times for local subways and buses for a while now, but they also know that sometimes those vehicles don’t arrive exactly on-time. To help with this, they have added subway alerts and delays to Maps.

The Android app and web version of Maps will now alert you if any of NY’s subways are experiencing delays from maintenance or anything like that. If you are using navigation, Google will include these alerts and automatically re-routes to get you to where you are going. Maps may arguably be Google’s best app and it seems to only get better and better.

What else do you want to see in Google Maps that they haven’t added already?

Via: Google

  • mary

    I live in NYC. SO excited for this!

  • NYAvsFan

    Greatest addition ever.

  • speed limits integrated with navigation

  • Kidd_Funkadelic

    Saved Points Of Interest (POI) ala Garmin, rather than the damn stars. Draggable re-routing with unlimited waypoints, and the ability to save those routes. Then Garmin will be completely out of business.

    • Kidd_Funkadelic

      And by POI, I mean little icons of my choice like a little house that appear on the maps and says “Bob’s House” beneath it…

  • Neilnow

    Crowdsourced traffic updates (like waze) @twitter-19608953:disqus, Lisa showed me that i was able to get monthly some extra dollars by doing my work from comfort of my living room… Here’s how i’ve done it… http://neilstips.blogspot.com

  • blakjakdavy

    I’d love real time trip sharing, like in the app glympse, baked into navigation to optionally allow friends (or Google plus circles) see my progress on a journey from any platform. Also, offline directions in navigation, or at least caching the most recent journey so it can be used for the return journey when you drive out of data range.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    I want DC metro updates. You know what I can’t get to work is the feature in Google now where it says it will put up a card when you’re near transit stops (train stops IS listed as one of them). It does nothing for me even when I’m standing at the metro stop.

  • Jonathan Ofalla

    Is there reception in New York subways? I’ll be visiting New York this October and wondered if this affects navigation. Let’s say I ask Google to navigate me to a dept store. Once I go underground does the signal cut and navigation stop? Should I just pull maps and not rely on real-time navigation?

    • There is little to nothing cellular and GPS wise in the subway (even at stations). Best bet is to pre-cache the entire city.

      Navigation won’t necessarily stop, but without GPS, there is no reason to keep it on while in the subway. So your best bet is to find out which subway you need to get on, and then turn on navigation once you get off.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Honest answer is it depends on the line. But the basic answer is no. Only spotty coverage at a few stations.

    • King of Nynex

      I mostly use the F to commute to Manhattan from Brooklyn and there are two stops where the train is above ground. Basically you need to be ready with phone on because time is ticking before you’re underground again.

  • Too bad this wasn’t around yesterday, when I was waiting on the 6 train platform at 77th street for a half hour because of an “ongoing investigation” (a.k.a. death/murder on the subway) further down the line.

  • MikeSaver

    Too bad no one cares about Boston. With our horribly broke T system an app telling me about delays would really be helpful, seeing as there are ALWAYS breakdowns.

    • Ken Bosse

      I was just about to say this..The T is always late

      • Hhm, good to know this, I’m moving to Boston in 3 weeks..

        • KnowYourEnemy462

          Word of advice, always assume your train will be late and give yourself extra time. Especially if you have to take the Green Line.

    • michael arazan

      If i had this function when i visit chicago every so often from st.louis, I’d actually try to use the train service there, to have assistance showing me which way to go. Plus it would be great for visitors, because parking in major cities is awful and expensive,

  • Lakerzz

    In navigation, I would like to be able to repeat directions. That is all.

  • King of Nynex

    Big fan of this. I was just saying last night that I wish Google Maps did this rather than needing Hot Stop in addition to G-Maps.

  • Crowdsourced traffic updates (like waze)

    • That has always been the way Google did it.

      • I shoulda clarified – I want a report button. “Accident at 59th St and 2nd Ave, avoid like the plague.”

        • Ahhh okay, more crowd-sourcing the better in my mind. (Gas prices while we are at it or just buy Waze)

  • Integrated into Google Now?

  • ddevito

    I want to see Metro North and NJTransit alerts added

    • Big time for NJT – especially in the winter – my buddies that ride that and LIRR are always getting ‘stuck’ in the Penn Station bars because the 5:02 express got screwed by the snow.

  • This would be useful:
    1) If I lived in the cesspool known as NYC.
    2) If I was unfortunate enough to have to rely on dirty mass transit to go where I wanted.

    Thankfully, neither of these misfortunes apply to me.

    • Must be Canadian. Or from the South.

    • napes22

      You are an ignorant fool.

    • You’re lucky mom hasn’t started charging you rent yet.

    • I would suggest not feeding the troll.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Thanks for killing the planet with your hummer though.

  • Hector Marquez

    I would like SEPTA integrated similarly. 🙂

  • This is awesome