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Google Transit basics

Google Transit overview

Google Maps helps users around the globe plan the best routes to get where they’re going. Within Maps, Google Transit allows users to view public transportation options. By combining schedule and route data with the power of Google Maps, your transit information becomes easily accessible to millions of Google users in dozens of languages, on both desktop and mobile devices.  

Benefits

Google Transit makes trip planning easier for your riders with stop, route, schedule, and fare information integrated into Google Maps. This benefits transit agencies who can now:

  • Reach more riders: Google Transit works with your existing trip planner and links users to your website, helping both new and experienced riders to discover your services.

  • Worldwide coverage: Google Transit covers transit agencies all over the world in one integrated view. Google Maps supports multiple languages, allowing users to plan trips in their native language, without having to learn a new system. See where Google Transit is available.

  • Easy, no-cost implementation: Any agency that provides publicly available transportation services and operates with fixed schedules and routes is welcome to participate. It’s simple and free - all it takes is your data.

Realtime updates

Once you’ve shared your static route and schedule information, Google Transit allows you to add on live transit updates via Realtime Transit. Enhance your riders’ experience with the latest departure and arrival times, service alerts, and vehicle positions. As long as your static transit information is available through Google Maps, you’re eligible to submit data for Realtime Transit.

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