February 24, 2010

GO Transit offers Google Transit trip planner

GO Transit and Google are providing a new way for customers to plan their trip with the agency, which is a a division of Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario. Through the technology of Google Maps, the Google Transit trip planner stores the most recent GO Transit schedule information so that customers can quickly and easily get the info they need.

"We're thrilled to offer a new and easy way for GO customers to get trip information. Having GO on Transit in Google Maps will help customers plan their commute to work or their family outing," says Gary McNeil, GO Transit's managing director.

Customers can start planning their trip by visiting www.gotransit.com, and entering the "start" and "end" address information into the trip planner application on the GO homepage or by visiting www.google.com/transit. Once data is entered, Transit in Google Maps will generate a trip route complete with walking directions, transfers, and a map. The trip plan will also offer GO customers multiple route options when applicable, identify the stops, stations, and timing.

"As part of Google's commitment to helping people use public transit to get around cities, we are pleased to welcome GO Transit to Google Maps. This trip planner shows GO Transit's commitment to innovating, serving their riders, and attracting new riders," says Jessica Wei, Strategic Partner Development Manager at Google.

GO on Google Maps can be accessed on mobile devices through the Google Maps for mobile application. Available in 45 languages, Transit in Google Maps also has accessibility features for persons who use screen readers or Braille displays. The technology of Google Maps provides an easy-to-use textual interface that gives GO trip information on these devices.

GO Transit is the Province of Ontario's interregional public transit system linking Toronto with surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). GO carries nearly 55 million passengers a year in an extensive network of train and bus services that spans more than10,000 square kilometres.

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