Google Transit arrives in Queensland

Google Maps adds public transportation directions in south-east Queensland

Queenslanders now have access to transit directions in Google Maps after the search giant turned on the function in the southeast part of the state today.

The service covers the 1450 TransLink train, bus and ferry services that comprise Queensland’s south-east public transport network. It can be accessed via the Google Maps website and the Android and iPhone mobile apps.

The transportation planning function combines Google Maps with TransLink’s network data, including transit stop locations, public transport routes, schedules and fare information.

“Tourists and visitors to south east Queensland will find this a useful tool, and it continues our promise to reinvigorate tourism which is part of Queensland’s four pillar economy,” said Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson.

“This is yet another improvement we’ve made to public transport, including halving Labor’s fare hikes for 2013 and 2014, providing free travel after nine weekly journeys and adding 2000 additional weekly services,” he said.

Google has been steadily rolling out public transportation and other kinds of directions services in Australia. New South Wales residents received the public transit service last year.

The Victorian government is currently seeking a vendor to provide real-time bus tracking services in Melbourne. The data is expected to be used in part for mobile apps.

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