Google Maps Live Transit Info: BART Only For Now
Image: Google Mobile Blog
“The launch of Live Updates today is only effective with BART trains and does not include SF Muni or CalTrain. We hope to expand this service to cover more cities as we get interest from other agencies to get their real time information into Google Maps,” Google spokesperson Anne Espiritu told us.
Too bad. We still have NextBus anyways, right?
The live transit update, according to Google, works when you click on a transit station or plan a route with Google Maps. If there are no delays or alerts, you’ll see the scheduled departure times. You’ll see “Live Departure” times only if BART is reporting service alerts.
There is a video demo showing off the feature, but not much yet to see for San Francisco. How much longer until NextBus and SFMTA hook up with Google Maps? We’ll keep you updated.
This is pretty awesome; I already use Google Maps to plot trips via Trimet in Portland. Now I won’t have to visit the mobile site for Trimet to see arrival times. Google rocks!