Since 2005, Google has collaborated with hundreds of transit authorities around the world to make a comprehensive resource for millions of riders to find out which bus, train, subway, or tram can take them to their next destination. Today, Google Maps reports it has public transportation schedules for more than one million transit stops worldwide, in nearly 500 cities, including New York, London, Tokyo, and Sydney.
In support of the database, Google is releasing an update to the Google Maps for Android app (version 6.10). Google said it has made some changes to the Transit Lines layer, so that the user can select a specific mode of public transportation (train, bus, tram, or subway) to display on the mobile map, hiding the other modes. This is helpful in areas where there is a tight concentration of several types of public transit, Google said.
Left: Mobile map with all modes of public transit shown; Right: Transit Lines layer in Subway mode (Source: Google)
Google also reported an update to the layout of station pages to be more useful. Users open it by tapping on the name of the station on your mobile map.
Updated station pages show departure times, lines serving the station and the distance to nearby stations
- When a user searches for a city or postal code, the borders of that region are highlighted.
- Under My Places are new tabs that help users access information from a single place.
- If Location History is enabled, users can browse the places they’ve been on a daily basis with an updated Location History dashboard.