Google Maps Adds Service Alerts For New York City Subways

Google announced on Tuesday it is rolling out planned service alerts for New York City's subway system within Google Maps.

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To make it easier for New Yorkers to commute and keep them posted on scheduled maintenance and delays, Google is adding information about service alerts that occur throughout the city's 468 subway stations labeled on Google Maps.

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"Since first making New York City public transit directions available in Google Maps, we?ve been working to deliver you with the most accurate and useful information about subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry service across the greater metro area," Csaba Garay, transit partner technology manager at Google Maps, said via its company blog. "Starting today, we?ll also be showing planned service alerts for the city?s subways, which serve more than 200 million people every year."

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Google said alerts will automatically be included in the step-by-step transit directions pointing users where to go.

"We?re regularly adding new cities and features globally and looking forward to continuing our efforts to make travel by public transportation a better experience in more than 400 regions around the world," Garay added. "For everybody who lives in one of New York City?s five boroughs, commutes in and out every day or is visiting for business or vacation, we hope today?s update improves the ease and efficiency of your trips around the city."

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