Manila residents can now plan trips around the city in Google Maps (maps.google.com) using Metro Manila's four train lines - the LRT1, LRT2, MRT3, and the PNR Commuter Train.
To use this new feature, click on the "Get Directions" button, type the origin and destination points in the maps search bar, select the train icon, and press "Get Directions" again. Google Maps will then provide multiple options for routes, the nearest train station to you, where to transfer trains, how long the journey will take, and how much it will cost you. You can also choose when you want to leave or for Google to optimize the route based on "less walking" or "fewer train transfers."
This public transit feature will make it easier for more Filipinos to plan their routes while taking public transport. Large metropolitan areas like Manila rely on public transport to efficiently move people around, and Google Maps is primed to foster greater usage of this transport infrastructure. After joining Google Maps, the Burbank transit agency in Los Angeles saw a 25% increase in patronage.
To get the transit information on the map, Google worked with EACOMM Corporation, a web and software development company based in Quezon City. Now with the four main metro train lines launched, we are moving forward with EACOMM on expanding public transport options on the map for more locations and transit types in the Philippines.
To plan your journey and get ahead in your travels, go to maps.google.com.ph.
How to Use Public Transport Directions on Google Maps*
1. Go to Google Maps (http://maps.google.com).
2. Click on "Get Directions" in the upper left.
3. Click on the public transport icon (looks like a train, next to the car).
4. Enter your starting point in Box A and your destination in Box B. Choose "Leave now" or set your own departure time.
5. Click on "Get Directions" to see three suggested routes and the estimated travel time.
6. Mouse over each route to see each one on the map; scroll down to see step by step instructions, including info like bus numbers and how to walk to the nearest bus, train, or ferry stop.
7. To customize your trip, click "Show options." Then choose your preferred transit mode (e.g. bus or train) or options like "fewer transfers" or "less walking".
How to Use Google Maps to Find Things To Do... Not Just How to Get There
You can use Google Maps to search for much more than just directions. The search box within Google Maps will help you find restaurants, shops, and other places of interest, along with reviews and photos. And directions to that hot new spot are just a click away.
1. Let's say you've heard there are great restaurants in Makati. Type "Makati restaurants" in the search box at the top of the page of Google Maps.
2. You'll see a bunch of pins on the map, and a list of restaurants in the left-side panel.
3. Scroll around, click on some reviews, and choose a restaurant.
4. Click on the restaurant's pin icon on the map, and click on "Directions" in the pop-up box.
5. Fill in box A with your location (it may be automatically detected if you're on your phone). The restaurant's address will appear in box B. Click on the public transport icon and then "Get Directions."
Facts and Figures about Google Maps and Public Transport
• There are over one billion monthly active users of Google Maps services. The service is available in dozens of languages worldwide.
• Public Transport options are available in more than 475 cities worldwide, including London, New York, Singapore, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra. After joining Google Maps, the Burbank transit agency in Los Angeles saw a 25% increase in patronage.
• Google's infrastructure enables us to render map tiles on demand within 10 milliseconds. That's a thousand times faster than in 2004... and 30-40 times faster than the blink of an eye.