Apple brings Maps transit directions to Seattle

Posted:
in iPhone
Apple on Monday quietly added public transit directions for Apple Maps users in Seattle, Wash., allowing them to navigate the city's various networks without a third-party app like Google Maps.




Riders should now be able to get native iOS directions for the city's bus system and many other transportation options. These include the city's diverse rail networks, namely streetcars, Link light rail, and the Seattle Center Monorail.

Currently, Apple Maps supports public transit in a few dozen cities around the world. Among these are places like Berlin, Beijing, Chicago, London, Toronto, Mexico City, San Francisco, and New York City. Montreal and Portland (Ore.) were added earlier this month.




Transit directions were finally restored to Maps with last September's launch of iOS 9. They were temporarily absent from iOS 6 through iOS 8, as Apple switched from Google to different data sources, despite Google already having comprehensive content.

The change proved troublesome, since the updated Maps not only lacked public transit options, but initially had missing or inaccurate map data in many cases. Indeed reports about users becoming lost or stranded because of the app were semi-regular occurrences until Apple made a concerted effort.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    planktonplankton Posts: 108member
    Wot?  No Tokyo?  Perhaps Apple Japan could get round to this by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?  In the meantime, I'll use Google Maps, which is still MUCH better than Maps.
    C'mon Apple—Google is eating your lunch over this.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    Letting out a provincial NW shout as I type this. As my kids now negotiate the town by city bus, this should be of immediate utility to them. Integration with third party bus app was pretty good actually but this should make it more solid, I hope. Thanks Tokyo for letting us cut the line ...(!)
  • Reply 3 of 6
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,632member
    OneBusAway is far better.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    Apple has been adding new places almost every week, seems like a pattern.
    I think transit is about to bust wide open.

    Also, when they say they're adding "a city", it usually means they're adding the whole metro area, not just the center city.

    In Montreal, they probably added 50+ cities when they came live here.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,314member
    foggyhill said:
    Apple has been adding new places almost every week, seems like a pattern.
    I think transit is about to bust wide open.

    Also, when they say they're adding "a city", it usually means they're adding the whole metro area, not just the center city.

    In Montreal, they probably added 50+ cities when they came live here.
    "Bust wide open" with one city per week? By the time they're done we'll have teleportation...
  • Reply 6 of 6
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    elijahg said:
    foggyhill said:
    Apple has been adding new places almost every week, seems like a pattern.
    I think transit is about to bust wide open.

    Also, when they say they're adding "a city", it usually means they're adding the whole metro area, not just the center city.

    In Montreal, they probably added 50+ cities when they came live here.
    "Bust wide open" with one city per week? By the time they're done we'll have teleportation...

    Can you PLEASE READ WHAT I WRITE... Good grief.
    One metro area can mean 50+ (Montreal area)-100+ cities (like the Toronto area).

    If they add one big metro area per week, they'd have done 95% of the Us pop in 4-5 months (since there are already many cities covered, they'd need even less than that).

Sign In or Register to comment.