Google Maps now has access to Wellington’s public transport information

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A latest feature introduced in Google Maps that allows the users to plan their trip using public transport, has provided access to Wellington's public transport information.

This has made Greater Wellington the only organization in New Zealand to have information regarding public transport included in Google Transit; thereby making Wellington is the first capital city in Australasia to use it.

The most to benefit from having public transport available through Google Maps will be those people, who didn't know about Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network in the past, said Wayne Hastie, Greater Wellington's divisional manager of Public Transport.

Furthermore, it will also benefit those who are residents of other countries and are mulling a visit to Wellington. The travelers will experience the convenience of traveling around the region via public transport.

Mr. Hastie said: "And locals who don't use public transport, but use Google Maps for driving directions will now be able to see the public transport options. This is a great way of spreading the public transport word to people who wouldn't normally consider taking a bus or train."

"We're so pleased to see Transit information available on Google Maps for Wellington - the first city in New Zealand - and the first capital city in Australasia - to see this feature. We're committed to providing useful, local information to Kiwis - and Greater Wellington has provided truly extensive travel information across trains, buses, cable cars and ferries. We look forward to working with other transport agencies to roll out Google Transit in more New Zealand cities," expressed Alan Noble, Head of Engineering for Google Australia and New Zealand.

It should noted that no extra costs were be borne by ratepayers for Google Transit, in terms of getting all the public transport information to Google; and running thorough tests of the system were only costs involved.

In order to gain access to Google Transit, a user needs to get to www. maps. google. co. nz. Click "Get Directions", after which he has to enter the start and end points and click the Get Directions button. Following this, the user has to click on the "Public Transit" link above their itinerary and they will see the times, service numbers and routes.