Planned Service Alerts for NYC Subway in Google Maps; Map Maker Now Available in Australia

In addition to showing New York City's public transit directions in Google Maps, starting today, Google will also be showing "planned service alerts" for the city's subways, on a desktop browser and Google Maps for Android as well."Now when you click on any of the 468 New York City subway stations labeled on Google Maps, […]

In addition to showing New York City's public transit directions in Google Maps, starting today, Google will also be showing "planned service alerts" for the city's subways, on a desktop browser and Google Maps for Android as well.

"Now when you click on any of the 468 New York City subway stations labeled on Google Maps, you'll see whether any planned service changes are expected to affect that station at the time," Google stated.

In addition, the relevant alerts will be included in the step-by-step transit directions pointing you wherever you're going.

If you're looking to find the best route to see a concert after work or checking for any expected delays when already running late, this feature works when you're online via maps.google.com and Google Maps for Mobile on Android.

To adjust your travel around the alerts you see, simply choose another suggested route or change your departure time.

Google says it aims to make travel by public transportation a better experience in more than 400 regions around the world.

Here is transit service alerts on your desktop browser:

New York City Transit with planned service alerts on Desktop browser

….and transit service alerts on Google Maps for Android:

Google Maps Transit Alerts on Maps for Android

Also, Google Map Maker opens its maps to Australia, letting Australians to share the treasures of the Great Southern Land.

With today's launch, Google Map Maker now has a team of citizen cartographers from 200 countries and regions across the globe.

"Once approved your contributions will appear on Google Maps, Google Earth and Google Maps for mobile, accurately reflecting your real-life neighbourhood," Goole stated.

You can even join with other local mappers and use your local expertise to review one another's contributions to the map. To see examples of what people all around the world are adding in Map Maker, you can watch mapping in real-time.

Google Map Maker Now Available to Australian Cartographers