Google Transit went live in Ireland today, offering access to information on routes and departure and arrival times for Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Irish Rail (including the Dart), Luas, and even the Dursey Island Cable Car, via Google Maps.
The service, available on both the web and mobile versions of Google Maps, is the result of a partnership between Google and the National Transport Authority, which has provided Google with the route network and timetable data behind its popular Journey Planner.
Users can access information by clicking on the ‘directions’ icon within the search box in Google Maps, which also offers information on real-time traffic flow, cycle lanes and walking routes, allowing users to plan their journeys from door to door.
“Commuters and travellers across the Republic of Ireland are now able to use Google Maps on the web, on their Android phones, iPhones or Tablets to plan their public transport journeys,” said Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport Alan Kelly, who launched the service today.
“It’s all about making it easier for commuters and visitors to use public transport and the experience in other cities is that providing information on integrated transportation services online through a variety of channels can increase passenger usage.”
Google Transit provides information on departure and arrival times for the various services, along with a variety of trip choices and estimated journey times.
“There will be a real consumer benefit from our partnership with Google Maps Transit,” said National Transport Authority chief executive Gerry Murphy. “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 with Google Maps Transit, paid tribute to the National Transport Authority for its work on bringing the project to fruition.
“Today 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,” Mr Tattersall said. “With over one billion monthly active users of Google Maps services, more than 50 per cent of global Google Maps usage is mobile, demonstrating the popularity of our mapping services to people on the move.”
Google Transit can be accessed online from Google Maps, or by downloading the Google Maps app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.