Thursday, April 23, 2009

PSTA Joins the Google Transit Network

Planning trips on public transit in the Tampa Bay area has just gotten easier thanks to a new collaboration between PSTA and Internet powerhouse Google. Google has given this specialized module to PSTA free of charge, allowing this new tool to be added to their website at no cost to taxpayers. “Riders around the world will now be able to use their computers, Blackberries or iPhones to easily plan a trip on PSTA by using Google and for the first time ever, they’ll be able to use one website to plan trips on both sides of the bay,” says PSTA Executive Director Tim Garling.

“This partnership not only enhances PSTA’s customer service, but is also a major step forward in preparing for the regional transit network being formulated by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA),” adds Mr. Garling.

Google Transit features and benefits include:

  • Plan a trip using a mobile device (like an iPhone or Blackberry)
  • View a trip on a Google Map
  • Google’s street-level views and aerial photos will allow riders to see the bus stop and surrounding area.
  • Automatically translates 40 languages
  • Easy and intuitive interface
  • Interconnected with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit’s (HART) Google Transit information for seamless trip planning

Riders can access Google Transit right from the home page of the PSTA website at www.psta.net or at www.googlemaps.com.