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Google Maps update brings huge improvements – but probably not for you

Published Jun 3rd, 2015 9:30AM EDT
Google Maps Real-Time Transit Information
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Yes, Google Maps is getting even better at assisting users with public transportation info. Unfortunately, most smartphone users who rely on Google’s industry-leading app for directions won’t have access to Google’s newest Maps feature.

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The company on Tuesday announced that Google Maps will offer users real-time transit information, which should take much of the sting out of traveling by public transportation.

The app will show users how long they’ll have to wait, and what other options are available if they miss a bus or a train. The feature also displays arrival times for busses, trains and subway systems, and it delivers alerts for cancelled routes.

Real-time transit information is coming two new countries and four new metro areas. The feature will be available in the U.K., Netherlands and Budapest (Hungary), as well as in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle for the time being.

Meanwhile, Google says that Google Maps offers transportation information in more than 18,000 cities in 64 countries, having listed 2,500,000 train stations, bus stops, ferry terminals and more. The company has partnered up with about 6,000 different transportation authorities to offer users detailed public transportation information.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.