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3/13/2008



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NJ Transit to offer online trip planning through Google


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New Jersey Transit recently partnered with Google Transit to provide online trip planning services.

Using the same scheduling data as NJ Transit’s online trip planner, Google Transit will provide specific trip times and transfers for travel between any of the agency’s 224 rail stations. Google Transit offers suggested trips with next-available departure and arrival times, estimated trip duration, reverse trips, transfer times and locations, and integration with tools such as Google Maps for driving directions, and Google Local for searches of nearby businesses and landmarks.

Through the partnership, NJ Transit will add features to its Web site by integrating Google Maps with the information page for each station so customers can find local businesses.

“In partnering with a heavily-utilized, widely recognized search engine, we are increasing NJ Transit’s visibility among potential mass transit riders,” said NJ Transit board member Flora Castillo in a prepared statement.

More than 30 transportation agencies in the United States and abroad provide trip planning services through Google.


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