MassDOT has announced that for the first time all public transportation authorities in the Commonwealth including the MBTA and all 15 Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) have their routes and schedules fully accessible on Google Maps.
MassDOT’s MassRIDES Statewide Travel Options Program led the effort, in partnership with Bridgewater State University, to provide assistance to each of the Massachusetts RTAs to compile the necessary data to provide Google Map accessibility.
This effort’s goal is to make all transportation services in Massachusetts available to commuters, visitors and other travelers through Google Maps. The enhanced access to transit routes and schedules through this universally accessible tool improves everyone’s ability to plan travel throughout the Commonwealth whether it’s for commuting to and from work or for leisure. An individual can now use Google Maps online or the Google Maps app for Android or iPhone to plan a trip, for example, from the Boston Common to Worcester State College – a task that previously required searching for routes and schedules across multiple websites. The directions can now guide an individual from one transit station to another with detailed walking directions for the initial and final portions of the trip.
MassDOT had a unique opportunity to partner with the RTAs statewide and use the local resources of MassRIDES and Bridgewater State University to complete this project. Many of the entities do not have the bandwidth to compile and produce the data required for their system to be available through Google Maps and MassDOT’s effort has helped to bridge this gap.
The collaboration between MassRIDES and Bridgewater State University includes an on-going effort to maintain accurate information for all of the transportation services throughout the Commonwealth. A number of private inter-city bus companies are also participating to make their routes and schedules available to the public through Google Maps, adding to the value of the resource.
The initiative to bring all statewide transit services online through Google Maps meets MassDOT’s core mission to serve our customers and support our mode shift goal to triple the levels of bicycling, walking and transit users throughout the Commonwealth by 2030.
South Coast Rail: Project of the Year Candidate posted on Oct 24
The South Coast Rail project will be under consideration for the North American Project of the Year, specifically for job creation, at next week’s North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. The forum is hosted by the globally recognized firm CG/LA Infrastructure. Aconex, …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Project of the Year Candidate
MBTA: Green Line Real-Time Tracking posted on Oct 23
Today, the MBTA will begin providing real-time information on the Green Line for the first time in the line’s 117 year history. Real-time data on the location of Green Line trains will be fed to the dozens of MBTA real-time apps. This will mark the …Continue Reading MBTA: Green Line Real-Time Tracking
RMV: Know Your Teen Driver Safety Facts posted on Oct 23
The Registry of Motor Vehicles during National Teen Driver Safety Week reminds us that motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of teens. Parental involvement can help reverse that trend. Know the facts: 1. Parental Involvement Did you know? Parents who set, monitor, and enforce …Continue Reading RMV: Know Your Teen Driver Safety Facts