Google Transit launches in Germany

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Berlin, Germany (4E) – Google users can now access the German Railway (DB) routings through Google Maps from today, after the launch of Google Transit.

Google Transit adds the railway’s timetable to Google Maps, allowing train users to plan trips from their home, office or mobile device by using trains, bus, cars, and even suggested pedestrian routes. Current train connection updates like cancellations and delays for will also be posted accordingly. To buy train tickets, a link from the search site leads to the website of DB.

For those using mobile devices, Google Transit automatically points to the phone’s current location to find the best way to get to the requested destination.

In a statement, Ulrich Homburg, CEO of Deutsche Bahn said that he welcomes the partnership with the search engine provider and see this as an important service expansion. He added that the travel options shown in Google Transit makes travelling more comfortable.

Raphael Leiteritz, Google’s Product Manager, said “we are delighted to offer Google Transit in Germany and thus make Google Maps even more attractive. Our route planning is perfectly complemented by the DB connections and our users will now see all trains of Deutsche Bahn built right into Google Maps.”

The Google Transit runs only for DB. Other train services are not yet incorporated in the plan. Leiteritz added that they are working on including the whole public transportation in Germany.

Google Transit is already actively operating in more than 500 regions and cities around the world.

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