Google Transit launches in South East Queensland

ALMOST 1,500 TransLink train, bus and ferry services can be accessed via Google, with the Queensland Government last week announcing that south east Queensland's entire public transport network is now available through Google Transit.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said Google Transit provided another avenue for passengers to plan their journeys, with TransLink's network data – including transit stops, public transport routes, schedules and fare information – to be integrated with Google Maps.

"Google Transit is a fast, convenient and easy-to-use public transport journey planner that acts as an alternative to TransLink's current journey planner. Passengers can enter their start and end points and Google Maps will provide a variety of public transport options that best suits the journey – including walking and cycling routes," Mr Emerson said.

"The beauty of using Google Maps as a platform for journey planning is that the interface is familiar to people from all corners of the globe."

Nabil Nahgdy, Product Manager for Google Maps, Australia and New Zealand, said Google Transit was also available on Google Maps for Androids and iPhones.

"Simply search for where you want to go and Google Maps will show you how to get there using public transport from your current location," Mr Nahgdy said.

Mr Emerson thanked Google for partnering with the Queensland Government to make Google Transit a reality for hundreds of thousands of passengers who use the network daily.

"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.

More information is available from the Google Transit website at <http://www.google.com.au/transit>.

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