The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) is teaming with Google to deliver public transport information and directions using Google Transit, a feature of Google Maps. ARTA’s general manager customer services, Mark Lambert, says the move is another step in ARTA’s drive to make planning public transport journeys easier and more accessible for customers. "People searching for directions in Auckland on Google Maps will now have the extra option to view public transit options," he says. Initially, the service will extend to bus services in the Auckland region, however, in the coming months train and ferry information will be added to the service. “The service provides a link through to the MAXX website (maxx.co.nz) where people can find out more details about fares and schedules," Lambert says.
Lambert says in areas where transit data is available, public transit directions will appear as an addition to driving directions. Bus stop and shortly train station and ferry icons will also appear on Google Maps. Andrew Foster, product manager of Google Maps says Google Transit gives commuters the option of specifying the date and time (either the time you would like to depart or the time you'd like to arrive) of their trips. "Commuters are provided with up to three options and the details of each, so that they can choose the route most convenient for them. There is also a link to easily access directions for the return trip," he says.
Google Transit is available in more than 440 cities around the world, in 35 countries.