Auckland Public Transport Needs Google


google-maps-transit-layerWellington has beaten Auckland to it - and we need to catch up fast.

Wellington has become the first New Zealand city to adopt Google Transit.

As do over 425 other cities already.

The capital’s public transport users can from this week plan journeys by visiting Google Maps which have the transport links overlay.

Google Transit is a wonderful additional resource to Google Maps as applied to public transport.

You get:

  • Step-by-step transit directions in your web browser or on your mobile
  • Find transit stops in your area
  • View station information and schedules

It’s been going a few years will eventually develop into a resource that like Google Maps, once tried, you can’t live without.

Its goal is to provide absolutely full schedule information and routing,  but for now at least the objective in each city is to overlay lines visually on Google Maps. As Google’s blog puts it:

“Think of a virtual metro map on top of Google Maps — even when we don’t have itinerary planning available, we want you to be able to see public transit options that are available.”

And as wise reader James points out:

“Nothing really wrong with Maxx but  google transit is definitely easy to use.

We must already have all the timetable info available since it presumably powers the journey planner on  mazz.  Lets get it into the right format and put it on google!”

And the Wellington region has fully embraced it for trains as well as buses. Google Transit can plan trips on

Madge Coachlines,  - ‎
Bay Express - ‎
Unknown - ‎
Interislander - ‎ - ‎
Tranzit Coachlines Waira - ‎
Tranz Scenic - ‎
Tranz Metro - ‎
Thompson’s Passenger Ser - ‎
Wellington Cable Car Ltd - ‎
Wairarapa Coachlines - ‎
Mana Coach Services Ltd - ‎
Runcimans Motors Ltd - ‎
Newlands Coach Services - ‎
East by West Ferry - ‎
InterCity and Newmans Co - ‎
GO Wellington - ‎
Valley Flyer - ‎
The Flyer - ‎

Meanwhile, back here in progressive leading edge Auckland……..




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