Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Google Maps integrates CTA directions into maps and directions in Chicago

Check it out! Google Maps rolled out its integration with CTA information this week. When getting driving directions on Google Maps for destinations within Chicago, an option is available for taking public transportation. The idea is brilliant.

Chicago Transit Authority riders can now plan their trips using the Google Transit™ website, Mayor Richard M. Daley and CTA officials announced today.

Through a new partnership with Google, mapping and directions for CTA bus and rail services are available in 11 languages on the Google Transit™ web site.

“The ease with which people can access information via Google demonstrates the true value of technology – it makes the world a global community,” Daley said at a news conference held at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake St.

“Regardless of whether you want to travel three miles or 3,000 miles from home, the tools to plan the most convenient and easiest way to reach your destination is captured all in one space. The CTA is now a part of that global community and offers people the opportunity to choose a more environmentally friendly way to get where they want to go,” he said.

Check out this example for getting to the Airport from our office in West Lakeview...

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