Last week we noted that Google Maps had added ACTION timetable data enabling the use of google maps trip planning with the bus routes.
This works both for the maps app on smartphones as well as google maps in web browsers.
Today Simon Corbell has officially announced it:
A new online journey planner which can be accessed from both mobiles and desktops and is designed to make it easier for Canberrans to use the ACTION Bus network, has now gone live, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Simon Corbell, announced today.
“The Google Transit journey planner is the latest tool to help ACTION customers use the public transport system with greater ease,” Mr Corbell said.
“Google Transit allows passengers to plan customised point-to-point trips from desktop or mobile using the various ACTION bus services available to help them get there.
“It is an easy and stress-free way for people to work out how to get from point A to point B, including bus routes, timetables, bus stop locations and directions.”
The planner works by a person entering in the starting and destination point of their journey into the journey planner on the ACTION website or into “Get Directions? on Google Maps which would then provide them with a list of bus services and scheduling times suited to the desired journey
A wide variety of smartphones can access the journey planner service by using the “Get Directions? feature within the Maps application provided by Google.
If you like to do things old school there’s now a widget on the ACTION site