Starting today, July 28, you can get public transport directions for London within Google Maps. "Google Maps added public transport directions for London within Google Maps, including Google Maps for mobile on iOS, Blackberry, and Android-powered devices. Now, whether you live in London or are just visiting, you can get public transport directions on your mobile device," announced Thijs van As, Associate Product Manager, Transit Directions.
"One of Europe's largest metropolitan areas, London is a major destination for both business travelers and tourists. More than 1 billion passengers are serviced by Transport for London (TfL) every year across over 18,000 bus stops and over 250 Underground stations."
"Google Maps for mobile uses your current location to determine the best trip to your destination. Just search for your destination location, select it on the map and choose the "Directions" option. The suggested trips will be based on your location by default, and provide you multiple alternatives whenever possible."
'If you're using an Android-powered device, you can also get public transport directions with Transit Navigation (Beta) in Google Maps. With this new feature, you'll get alerts when it's time to get off the bus or train at your destination or to make a transfer. Transit Navigation is available in all regions where public transport directions are available, including London," Van As stated.
Van As said "TfL is among the first agencies in a major European city to make its timetable information publicly available through the London Datastore. We're strong supporters of open data and bringing information out into the open, and believe that making information publicly accessible can be an enormous engine of economic growth and innovation. ITO World has been a great partner in this launch by ensuring TfL's data was adapted correctly and ready for our use."
"Public transport directions are available for all Underground, bus, tram and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) lines, and we'll include more public transport information as soon as it's available," Van As added.
[Source: Lat long blog]