New York -- For a jaded New York City residents, there is nothing quite like the inconvenience of arriving at a subway platform only to find out that your train has been rerouted to another line or skipping stops. But now, we have got some good news for you -- Google's got your back. The company recently announced on its Lat Long Blog that Google Maps will now display planned service alerts at every one of the city's 468 subway stations, and take that into account when calculating the best travel route.
The alerts will be displayed when you click on any of the 468 NYC subway stations labeled on Google Maps, or when you use Google's mapping service to search for transit directions. This means that you no longer have to experience such inconveniences when taking the subway anymore.
“For everyone who resides in one of New York City's five boroughs, commutes in and out every day or is visiting for business or vacation, we hope today's update improves the ease and efficiency of your trips around the city,” Csaba Garay, transit partner technology manager for Google Maps, wrote in a blog post Tuesday.
More so, these notifications will also appear in the step-by-step transit directions pointing you wherever you are going so you can compute the extra time you need to get to your destination due to any additional transits you may have to take.
In addition, the new functionality works online via maps.google.com on your desktop browser, and on the Google Maps for Android app. The integration of real-time service will be worthwhile for both native New Yorkers and visitors alike, helping travelers efficiently get around the city without the formerly inevitable frustration that come with surprise train disruptions.
As a matter of fact, Google's real-time transit delays have previously been available for six other cities: Boston, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid, Spain and Turin, Italy. Now, with the addition of New York City, we hope to see other major spots included in this list to make traveling in foreign places a bit easier to tackle.
As for those who did not use these apps, they would have to check up on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)'s The Weekender to ensure their trains are running smoothly.