DART bus scheduling is now incorporated into Google Maps. (Juice)
Des Moines’ bus system makes it onto Google Maps
Published on November 18th, 2013 | by Josh Hafner
In case you missed it, tech-savvy transit-riders can now use Google Maps to plan their trips using Des Moines’ bus system.
The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority submitted bus schedule data to the tech giant while developing its trip planner tool released earlier this year. The data was also released to Microsoft’s Bring and appears on the search engine’s map service as well.
Users of either service can now enter a journey’s start and end points from a desktop computer or smartphone to see what combinations of bus transit and walking can get them around Des Moines.
Any transit system’s ridership is made up of people who depend on public transportation to get around and those who choose public transportation instead of using their own vehicles.
DART’s foray into digital planning stands to most encourage ridership among that that second group. Simplifying the schedule grids the authority has used for years may encourage new riders — including millennials, who prefer multiple transit options — to leave their cars at home.