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Published on May 19th, 2014 | by Sandy Dechert


Google Maps Covering World’s Public Transit Routes & Schedules

May 19th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Planetsave.

New Google Maps features (googleblog)

A couple of sparkly infographics tout Google’s improvements to its public transit maps today.

Over the years, the information giant has been pretty thoughtful in publishing transit information for those who don’t or can’t travel by car. Apparently, that’s 70% of the world’s population, although just over 50% of Americans are carless, er, car-free, and only 35% of those who live in Luxembourg, the world leader for car ownership, lack automobiles.

New Google Maps transit coverage (googleblog)This May 2014 update concerns public transit routes and schedules for all the buses, trains, trams, and subways included in Google Maps. The transit data covers six continents, 64 countries, and more than 15,000 municipalities worldwide.

If you could take all the rides Google Maps now document in one day, says Google’s Public Transit product manager David Tattersall, you’d be traveling 200 million kilometers (about 125 million miles). World travelers, take note! 
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covers environmental, health, renewable and conventional energy, and climate change news. She's currently on the climate beat for Important Media, having attended last year's COP20 in Lima Peru. Sandy has also worked for groundbreaking environmental consultants and a Fortune 100 health care firm. She writes for several weblogs and attributes her modest success to an "indelible habit of poking around to satisfy my own curiosity."

  • JamesWimberley

    Sandy is right. Convenient and up-to-the minute information about public transport makes a considerable difference to its attractiveness. Good for Google. Bus stop panels with real-time information about the next buses are another example.

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