Google Transit launched in Ireland

Pictured: David Tattersall, Google Transit; Public and Commuter Transport Minister Alan Kelly; Anne Graham NTA

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28 November 2013 | 0

Commuters have received a boost from Google with the arrival of its Transit service to Google Maps.

Developed with the National Transport Authority, Google Transit has all bus services (including commercial operators, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus), Irish Rail (including the Dart), and Luas are now mapped on Google Transit, and readily available to all Google users planning a trip.

The service also allows users to specify the desired departure or arrival times; show more than one trip choice, allowing flexibility with respect to when you start your journey; provides estimated journey times; and provides walking directions for the beginning (ie to the nearest transit stop) and end of the trip (to your final destination)

Gerry Murphy, chief executive, National Transport Authority, said: “There will be a real consumer benefit from our partnership with Google Maps Transit. Google Maps is a key “go to” place for anyone researching a journey – either at home or abroad. We are delighted that our really useful Journey Planning information will be there – to hand and ready to use – for everyone going to Google Maps. It’s a natural next step for us following the successful launch of our Journey Planner last year”.

David Tattersall, product manager, Google Maps Transit, said: “The public transportation systems of over 800 cities are on Google Maps and it is great to add the towns and cities in the Republic of Ireland to this ever-growing list. With over one billion monthly active users of Google Maps services; more than 50% of global Google Maps usage is mobile, demonstrating the popularity of our mapping services to people ‘on the move’.”

Google Transit can be accessed from maps.google.ie, or by downloading the Google Maps app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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