Greater Sudbury Transit Partners with Google Maps for Quick and Easy Trip Planning
Apr 30, 2015
Taking the bus in the City of Greater Sudbury just got easier for anyone with access to a computer, tablet or smartphone, thanks to the launch of an online transit trip planning tool. Transit Trip Planner harnesses the power of Google Maps to local transit schedules and route information at www.greatersudbury.ca/transit
“Transit Trip Planner makes it easier to ride the bus,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “With this tool, passengers don’t have to sort through timetables. In just a few easy steps, Transit Trip Planner displays walking distance to the nearest bus stop, estimated travel time, clear directions and the best of several choices to reach a destination. This is what Open Data can do.”
The new trip planner complements mybus.greatersudbury.ca which tracks all Greater Sudbury Transit buses using real-time GPS. By entering a bus stop number on a mobile device or computer, passengers can view the number of minutes until the arrival of the next bus at their stop.
Passengers using Transit Trip Planner at www.greatersudbury.ca/transit enter a date, time, departure point and destination. Google Maps generates three options for local public transit, showing travel time and any required bus transfers for each option.
Walking directions are provided to and from bus stops, complete with distance and estimated walking time. Passengers may select community landmarks or local businesses as departure points or destinations.
Google Maps can generate an output that is compatible with screen readers for visually impaired users. Google Street View displays ground-level images of local streets and buildings to help passengers find their way.
The latest version of Google Maps can be downloaded free of charge to smartphone mobile browsers at google.com/mobile/maps
Additional information about Greater Sudbury Transit schedules, fares and services is available at www.greatersudbury.ca/transit or by dialing 705-675-3333.