Google Transit basics
Get started with Google Transit
Google Transit is a public transportation planning feature that combines the latest agency data with the power of Google Maps. It integrates transit stop, route, schedule, and fare information to make trip planning quick and easy for users.
Most public transit agencies are eligible to use Google Transit as long as they meet a few basic requirements.
Google Transit asks partners to meet certain requirements to keep a high standard for user experiences. Before you get started with Google Transit, review the following requirements:
To qualify for participation, make sure your transit agency meets the following requirements:
- Provide a publicly accessible service
- Operate on fixed routes and schedules
Note: Agents and data aggregators qualify if they represent or produce transit feeds on behalf of a transit agency that meets the requirements above.
To get started with Google Transit, contact us.
Once your participation is accepted, the Google Transit team requests following transit information from you:
Static data (required)
Static data refers to information that isn’t scheduled or variable, such as the following:
- Locations and details of transit stops
- Public transport lines and routes
Your content must follow the general transit feed specification (GTFS) format defined at g.co/transitfeed.
Google Transit participating partners must make sure that service covers at least 4 weeks from and including the data that’s made available to Google Transit.
Realtime data (optional)
Realtime data refers to information that can change from moment-to-moment, such as the following:
- Trip updates
- Service alerts
- Vehicle positions
Make sure your content follows the GTFS-Realtime format defined at g.co/transitfeed.
Note: When providing realtime trip updates and vehicle position data, make sure the updates are available to Google Transit within 15 seconds of updating.
How to share your transit information on Google Maps
After you confirm your eligibility, follow these steps to share your transit information on Google Maps: