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Google Maps Predicts Busy Buses

Google Maps Predicts Busy Buses
Google Maps can now tell you whether your bus is running late and if you are likely to get a seat.

(CCM) — Google aims to end the misery of commuting on hot, crowded buses with a new feature in Google Maps which predicts how full buses are likely to be and whether travelers are likely to get a seat. The feature also works for trains and subway systems too, Google announced in a blog post.

For a given transit service, Google maps will show a graphic indicating likely crowdedness, as well as message such as "Usually standing room only."

"Now you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to squeeze on, or wait a few more minutes for a vehicle where you're more likely to snag a seat," Taylah Hasaballah, a Google Maps product manager, explained in the post.

The company has also added a feature which indicates live traffic delay information for buses in places where Google Maps does not already have real-time information direct from local transit agencies, the blog announced.

"You’ll now be able to see if your bus will be late, how long the delay will be, and more accurate travel times based on live traffic conditions along your route," said Hasaballah. "You'll also see exactly where the delays are on the map so you know what to expect before you even hop on your bus."

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