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Google Transit Officially Launches with Metro, Big Blue Bus Coming Soon

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Earlier this week, word got around that Google Transit was up and working in beta mode. Today, it became the real deal. Over 200 bus lines and five lines with more than 2.5 million data points are now on Google Transit, an option found on Google Maps.

"This is a big milestone in Metro history," exclaimed Maya Emsden, the transit agency's Deputy Executive Officer of Creative Services. "We're very excited with our partnership with Google Maps." Perhaps even more excited is the public, many of whom begged Metro to partner with Google.

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Google Transit is a free service for Metro and staff expect it to increase ridership, especially during off-peak times, said spokesman Dave Sotero. Now people who plan their driving directions on Google Maps will have an option to look at what's available via public transit.