YRT/Viva first transit agency in Canada to offer real-time trip planning
on Google Maps
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Regional Municipality of York has
partnered with Google to offer YRT/Viva riders new real-time trip plans
through Google Maps. YRT/Viva is the first transit agency in Canada to
offer real-time trip planning on Google, allowing riders to easily plan
transit travel with up-to-the-minute transit information.
"York Region is very pleased that YRT/Viva is the first transit agency
in the country to offer the convenience of real-time trip planning in
partnership with Google," said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.
"York Region continues to explore new and innovative ways to bring the
latest in technological advancements to YRT/Viva riders."
YRT/Viva real-time technology tracks buses by GPS, so riders will know
exactly when routes will arrive. Because regular schedules can vary
due to changing traffic and weather conditions, real-time schedules
take the guesswork out of trip planning.
"The YRT/Viva real-time Google trip planner is just another way of
connecting with riders and making transit easier and more convenient to
use," said Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, Chair
of the Region's Transportation Services Committee. "With traffic and
weather conditions always changing, real-time trip plans keep current,
accurate travel times at YRT/Viva riders' fingertips."
YRT/Viva riders can access the Google Maps trip planner by visiting www.google.ca/maps and clicking the public transit icon. By entering a starting address
and destination, riders will receive a trip plan, complete with
transfers, walking directions and map.
"We are pleased to be working with The Regional Municipality of York to
offer the many benefits of real-time trip planning technology to
riders," said Google spokesperson Aaron Brindle. "Combined with our
leading-edge mapping technology, the Google YRT/Viva real-time trip
planner offers a great travel tool for transit riders."
The new real-time trip planner uses standard open data, allowing any
software application developer compatible with Google to easily access
and integrate with YRT/Viva real-time information. Easily accessible
data promotes the creation of innovative future "apps" for smartphone
users to further enhance options for YRT/Viva riders.
The real-time Google trip planner complements YRT/Viva's existing suite
of trip planning options. RideNow real-time
schedules are available online at www.yrt.ca, by email at email@example.com or phone at 1-866-MOVE-YRT.
YRT/Viva offers local and rapid transit services throughout all nine
municipalities in York Region. More than 120 routes keep residents
connected within York Region, as well as with connecting services in
the City of Toronto and the Regions of Peel and Durham. Year-end
projections predict YRT/Viva ridership will exceed 21 million riders in
For more information about YRT/Viva services, please visit the YRT/Viva
website at www.yrt.ca or call the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978).
The Regional Municipality of York provides services to 1.1 million
residents and 41,000 businesses that employ 516,000 people
SOURCE: Regional Municipality of York
For further information:
Media Contact: Kim MacGillivray, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
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