The inclusion of Galway City bus information on a Google travel service has been welcomed by Ireland’s representative on the European Parliament Transport Committee.
MEP for Ireland North West, Mr Jim Higgins expressed his delight that Google and the National Transport Authority (NTA) had collaborated to provide a free mapping service for public transport routes within the city.
The NTA provided Google with information on the bus route and train network in and to the city, as well as the data behind its own journey planner, and all 14 city bus services, both Bus Éireann and City Direct are included on the Google Transit service.
Google Transit allows members of the public to enter the details of their current location and destination and it gives them a variety of options of how to get there including road directions and now, bus routes.
“This great new service allows users to state their departure or arrival time, choose from several trip options, find the departure times of the next bus or train in Galway and the walking directions to the nearest stop,” commented MEP Higgins.
“I am delighted that people in Galway will be able to use Google on the web, and with their smartphone or tablets plan their public transport journeys. We need to make public transport affordable, accessible and easy to use. This new free product goes a long way in that regard. It’s just the ticket,” added Mr Higgins.
Google Transit can be accessed at google.ie/transit.