– New, Online Trip Planning Tool for Passengers –
As of June 19, bus passengers who prefer online trip planning assistance for travel on Broward County Transit (BCT) can log on to Google Transit™.
Google Transit is a feature of Google Maps™ that provides public transportation trip planning as an alternative to driving directions. Passengers start by entering their starting and ending destination and their expected departure or arrival time. Google Transit will provide them with up to three suggested trip plans, featuring trip maps, any transfer instructions, and estimated arrival times.
Icons show bus stop locations and arrows show the walking direction and distance to and from the bus stop. A cost comparison of the BCT trip versus taking an automobile provides information to those who are uncertain of the cost savings by using public transportation. Users of Google Maps can also click on the “Street View” button in Google Maps to see panoramic, street-level views where one can explore or zoom in on the final destination to become more familiar with the area they are traveling to and preview bus stops.
“Google Transit will allow us to reach out to new customers and provide them with an alternative to driving, especially with the cost comparison features,” said Chris Walton, Director, Broward County Transportation Department. “We hope that this service will benefit a wide range of users and encourage more people to use public transportation. It can be helpful for anyone, from the first-time to the frequent bus rider.”
Passengers can access the trip planner directly at www.Google Transit, via directions searches in Google Maps, or by logging on to BCT’s web site at www.broward.org/bct and click on Google Transit.
For more information, call the Broward County Transit marketing section at 954-357-8355.
For more information about Google Transit services, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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