Google Maps now offers walking, public transit directions

If you use computer directions for driving, you’re now in luck: Google Maps has added features that provide directions for those traveling by foot or by public transit.

Google Maps is located at http://maps.google.com. Click on “Get Directions” and enter your starting and destination addresses. Then see the drop-down box where you can choose “By Car,” “By Public Transit,” or “Walking.”

If you have entered your directions already, you can also click on the “Public Transit” link on the directions page (also in the left-hand bar) to find a bus or transit schedule for your area.

This might not help those of you who live in rural areas, but what a boon for city folks or those traveling by public transit on vacation.

Have you used this feature? Had any problems or great experiences? Please let us know …

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3 thoughts on “Google Maps now offers walking, public transit directions

  1. erin says:

    This is very cool. I have not used it but I certainly will check it out. I wonder how they figure out how long it will take you to walk somewhere?

  2. badhuman says:

    I’ve used the public transportation feature before. It really just pulls the information from the online schedule of your particular bus or transit system. I would imagine if you live somewhere the bus schedules aren’t updated online then it wouldn’t work. In fact in Philly if you got to the SEPTA site you can type in where you are and where you are going and it will tell you everything, how to get to the closest bus stop, all the transfers, times and costs and then directions from the last stop to where you need to go.

  3. skincareforall says:

    There is also hopstop.com that does basically the same thing for major metro areas like NYC, Chicago and others. I live in NYC and use it all the time.

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