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Google Lets More People Know That They Just Missed Their Bus

For those who have a smartphone and depend on public transit in San Francisco, life just got a bit easier.

Google said Wednesday it is adding real-time transit info to Google Maps in San Francisco and five additional cities (Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin, Italy).

“Starting now, Google Maps for mobile and desktop can tell you when your ride is actually going to arrive with new live transit updates,” Google said in a blog post.

In San Francisco, such information was already available on a site called Nextmuni.com, but the integration with maps can be handier than entering in one’s location and preferred route by hand.


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