Google Transit is a public transportation planning tool which combines the latest agency data on Google Maps. Using Google Transit, commuters and passengers can easily access public transit schedules, routes and know timings of local buses, trains among other public transportation options.
The good news for Indian users is that Google is slowly adding public transportation data on Google Transit for selected Indian cities. Earlier today, Google added Pune city bus service (PMPML) public transport information to Google Maps.
So if you are a resident of Pune or will be traveling to Pune anytime soon, you can use Google Transit to know a good amount of information regarding local transportation. This includes knowing the time required to reach a desired destination in a local bus or train, the exact timings, fair charges and so on.
Get driving directions in Google Transit: Just enter the current and target location points in Google Maps and the Google Transit service will tell you step by step driving directions for the entire route. This includes frequency, duration of the travel, distance (in Kms), time required with more details.
The following is an example of driving directions being shown in Google Maps:
Route Timings: Along with driving directions in Google Maps, the Transit service also tells how much time it takes for the local transportation to reach from one place to another. So if you are traveling from point A to Point D and have two haults B and C in between, Google Transit data will tell you how much time it requires for the local bus to reach from A to B, from B to C and finally from C to D. (also read: find distance between two cities using Google Maps)
Plan your return trip: Should you want to plan a return journey from D to A and want to take a different route, just click the “reverse order” link in the sidebar. Google Maps will show you driving directions in reverse order so that you can reach your original location, following a different route.
Get Routes and Schedules: By choosing the transit option, commuters can get first hand information on routes and schedules provided by the local Transportation service, in collaboration with Google Map’s transit service.
In past, Google has partnered with BMTC in Bangalore and now the search giant has brought PMPML as the second Indian Bus service to launch on Google Maps. Daily commuters and passengers can find Pune Bus schedules for 320 of PMPML buses, using Google maps on their mobile phones and desktop computers. Not to forget that Google has already partnered with Delhi Metro Rail corporation to launch Daily Metro routes on Google Maps. (see example)
The following video shows how Google Transit works in Google Maps:
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