San Diego is at the forefront for Consumer Friendly Transit Technology


In San Diego, you will never again have to stand around wondering if the city bus is ever going to show up!

Today, the San Diego Transit System is announcing a leading technology platform partnership with Google. I came across the news in today’s Union Tribune article and just checked it out using Google Maps on my Android phone.

Using Google Maps or the text feature on your phone, you can now find out when the next bus will arrive. Not only that, you will be provided with the times for the following few scheduled stops for your location.

For example, I just pulled up a bus stop in La Jolla on Google Maps. It tells me buses will be arriving in 6 minutes, 20 minutes, and 37 minutes from now. It also provides me a list of scheduled departures and links to information for departure times from nearby bus stops.

Trolley in San DiegoThe article notes this is being used for the bus system so I’m not sure if it will be implemented soon for the Trolley, Coaster, and Amtrak trains. However, I did figure out that by using Google Maps, you can get at least the scheduled departure times for those services on your smartphone. How easy is that?! No more need to look-up transit schedules by navigating a maze of web pages or carrying around a big paper brochure and then trying to figure out which stop you are closest too.

The one thing it took me a little getting used to was zooming in to the appropriate level to see the symbols for the bus. You have to zoom in a bit but you have to make sure you don’t zoom in too far because I found the symbols disappeared if you got too close.

You can read more about how to use this new feature available on Google Maps and via text messages on the San Diego MTS web site.

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