Most everyone has heard of Google Maps, and many have used it to get driving directions. But did you know that Google Maps also provides walking, biking and even transit directions? If you’re in luck and the city you’re in has released its public transportation schedule information, Google takes that data and puts it into their maps to create a great trip planning tool.
The transit feature in Google Maps includes an estimate of the total commute time, the ability to select a departure date and time, and the option to view multiple routes so you can choose the one that works best for you. It will also map out bus stops and show you the very next time your bus or train will arrive if you select “Leave Now.” And if you’re looking up directions on your smartphone, don’t forget to click “Add to Calendar” to send detailed transit directions to your Google Calendar for easy reference.
To use Google Maps for MARTA or another transit system, follow the steps below:
2. Click on the search box in the top left of the page and click on “Get Directions” and enter your start and end address. In the app, search for your destination then click the car icon at the bottom right of the screen to view all transit options.
3. Click on the transit icon.
4. If desired, select your departure or arrival time and date of travel (look for the clock button on the app or the leave now link on desktop)
Once on your commute, use the MARTA on the Go app for real-time train arrivals, maps and schedules and OneBusAway for real-time bus information.