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.
Governor Patrick Announces Ruggles Station Funding posted on Sep 16
Governor Deval Patrick joined US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to announce a $20 million federal Transportation Improvement Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to fund the Ruggles Station Commuter Rail Platform Project. Ruggles Station currently has only two platforms, limiting the number of trains that …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Ruggles Station Funding
Aeronautics: Girls in Aviation Week posted on Sep 15
The Federal Aviation Administration has designated and Governor Deval Patrick proclaimed the week of September 15-19 as Girls in Aviation Week. The proclamation notes the importance of the aerospace industry to economic prosperity, national security and citizen safety. The number of women involved in the …Continue Reading Aeronautics: Girls in Aviation Week
MBTA Bus Operator 2nd Time Roadeo Winner! posted on Sep 15
MBTA bus operator Tyrell Sullivan has done it again! Tyrell won the MBTA’s annual bus roadeo Sunday in Charlestown. It’s the second roadeo title for Sullivan, a 29-year old South Boston resident who has been with the MBTA for almost nine years. Sullivan operates buses …Continue Reading MBTA Bus Operator 2nd Time Roadeo Winner!