Date: Monday, April 11th, 2016, 08:47
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Software
Apple Maps has apparently added the public transit data for Portland, Oregon, right on the heels of Montreal and Austin.
The expansion comes a week after Apple Maps added transit directions for Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada. And just over a month ago, Apple also debuted transit in Austin, Tex., just in time for the annual South by Southwest festival.
Apple has included the additions at a steady clip in recent weeks, indicating that the company wouldn’t hold off and introduce them in bulk. Information for Sydney and Boston was added last year.
When iOS 9 launched last year, Apple Maps transit was available in just Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington D.C., and 30 cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. The reach of Apple Maps transit pales in comparison to its largest competitor, Google Maps, which is widely available across the globe.
The current transit information offers routes, departure times and other relevant data for buses, trains, ferries and other forms of public transportation. Apple’s Transit feature is made possible by technology gained through key acquisitions like HopStop and Embark, powered by a multitude of data sources specific to each supported location.
Apple Maps also offers a top-down view of underground subway and train stations. Data is customized for each location, providing road signs as they appear in real life.
If you’ve had a chance to use the new transit information in Apple Maps and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.