Melbournites will soon be able to use Google Maps to plan a public transport journey across the city. This is something that pretty much every other public transport system in Australia has provided for years, including Tasmania. Better late than never.
Melbourne tram picture from Shutterstock
To say it's been a long time coming is a massive understatement, but let's not look a gift horse in the mouth, eh? Victorian travellers will soon be able to look up directions on Google Maps and get accurate timetable data to plan their journey on public transport; just like in every other major city in Australia. (Currently, the options for Victoria are limited to driving, cycling or walking.)
In an official statement released on Reddit, Melbourne Premier Daniel Andrews said that the current integration wasn't good enough. This was accompanied by a screen shot comparing a Melbourne Google Maps entry to one in Sydney:
Victoria's PTV timetable data has subsequently been released. It contains scheduled information for all metropolitan and regional trains, all metropolitan and regional bus (including coach) and metropolitan tram services in Victoria.
"Soon you'll be able to find your way on the apps and websites you use every day," Andrews promised.
This feature was originally announced all the way back in 2011. That's a fairly tardy turnaround time, even by pubic sector standards.
Now all we need to do is wait for Google to add Melbourne's timetable and route information into Maps. If previous roll outs are anything to go by, this should only take a matter of days. Hurrah!