Google announced a new update to Maps that would bring a much sought-after feature for those who use public transit in major cities: real-time updates that provide the whereabouts of busses. No longer will you have to hang out wondering when the bus is actually going to show up, because with the help of Maps, you'll have all of that info in the palm of your hand.

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El Goog has teamed up with transit agencies to make this update happen, but there is one downside (for some people, anyway): it's only in four US cities as of right now. The lucky four are Boston, MA; Portland, OR; and San Diego and San Francisco, CA. Goog also threw a couple of European cities in the mix: Madrid, Spain and Turin, Italy.

If you live in one of the selected cities, no application update is needed - you'll be getting live transit updates and alerts immediately.

[Google Mobile]

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  • Mesmorino

    Madrin and Turin? Really? It's not like London's somewhere in Europe, oh nooooo

  • Michael

    I live in SF and Google Maps shows only about 1 in 5 bus stops, so it still needs some work.

  • http://techselekt.com/ faheem

    I think the live transport news would help alot in traffic and time managment specially in winter.

  • Franco

    This will be a very useful i feel.I have got public transport many times and still do and there has been times when the time tables just are not at the stop so it a guessing game as too when and if the next bus comes.

    Although i would like too see this in my area i understand i cant get everything so will wait my turn.It actually useful for the wee ones since they call me often from a bus stop and say they dont know when the next one is,now i can tell them whats the best move too make,wait for next one or get a cab since after a certain time buses stop running where i live in the country.

  • blackroseMD1

    Awesome. Now I can finally get rid of that damn AnyStop: San Diego app that was always way off about when the bus was going to be there.

    Great feature Google!

  • Lebro

    New York Please? why NYC wasn't in there but boston was is @_@