Google Maps Shows Service Alerts To NYC Subway Riders
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Whether you’re a native New Yorker or tourist visiting the Big Apple, it only takes one encounter with New York City’s public transportation system to realize that delays and scheduled maintenance can throw your entire schedule, or day, off. And sad to say, it happens more times than the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) would like to admit. But Google Maps has a handy solution.

Google announced on Tuesday it will be unveiling service alerts and scheduled maintenance notifications for NYC’s subway system within the popular mapping site.  Transit Partner Technology Manager at Google Maps Csaba Garay said on the company blog:

Now when you click on any of the 468 New York City subway stations labeled on Google Maps, you’ll see whether any planned service changes are expected to affect that station at the time. In addition, the relevant alerts will be included in the step-by-step transit directions pointing you wherever you’re going.

The notifications will work on the Google Maps website and on the company’s mobile app for its Android OS, according to the Wall Street Journal. Also, according to a company spokesperson, Google will aggregate the advisory information from MTA’s public feed of data.

Garay added the company is looking to bring public transportation updates to over 400 regions around the world.

Do you think Google Maps’ service alerts will make traveling on public transportation in NYC easier? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Janel Martinez

With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina,,, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.