People in Ireland can now access the entire transport system mapped out on Google Maps.
The National Transport Authority has provided Google with the route network and timetable data behind its Journey Planner. All bus services (including commercial operators, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus), Irish Rail (including the Dart), Luas, and even the Dursey Island Cable Car are now mapped on Google Transit, and readily available to all Google users planning a trip.
"Commuters and travellers across the Republic of Ireland are now able to use Google Maps on the web, on their Android phones, iPhones or tablets to plan their public transport journeys," Minister for Public Transport Alan Kelly told the Irish Times. "It's all about making it easier for commuters and visitors to use public transport," he said.
Google Maps Transit offers several features including providing an estimated journey time; the departure times of the next bus or tram and the times the service runs during the day, and provides walking directions for the beginning (i.e. to the nearest transit stop) and end of the trip (to your final destination).
Google Transit can be accessed from maps.google.ie, or by downloading the Google Maps app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.