May 13, 2011

D.C. Metro added to Google Maps

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) riders can now plan their trips using Google Maps online or with their mobile device.

Metro, in partnership with Google, announced that riders can visit http://maps.google.com/, select "Get Directions" and the "public transit" icon, and enter their start and end address. People with mobile devices can use the Google Maps for Mobile application or by visiting m.google.com/maps on their phone's browser.

"Google's promotion of public transit increases awareness of alternatives to driving and gives our riders access to other useful information such as aerial imagery, business listings, user reviews and street views," said Metro GM/CEO Richard Sarles. "In addition to making our transit data available on Google Maps, Metro is committed to making its transit data available so customers get the benefit of the best app tools that are developed for public use."

Google Maps also connects Metrobus and Metrorail riders with other regional transportation providers such as Amtrak, DC Circulator, Fairfax CUE, Loudoun County Transit, MARC and Montgomery County Ride On. Google continues to work with additional transit sources to expand coverage.

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