DTA's schedule information now available on Google Transit for iPhone users
Published: Expires: 12/31/2008
With the introduction of the new iPhone 2.2 firmware update the iPhone now puts public transportation and walking on even footing with driving directions in Google Maps for Mobile.
Whenever iPhone users in the Twin Ports ask for directions on Google Maps, DTA route and schedule information is at their fingertips. In addition, for those who regularly use public transportation, the program automatically accesses transit information by default.
This is a huge free upgrade for the DTA and all transit agencies who have shared their schedule data with Google. This, along with the other transit-supporting versions of Google Maps for mobile for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian Series 60, makes it easy for riders to obtain route and schedule information with their iPhone and other mobile devices.
It is expected that the new iPhone feature will be welcomed service for regular and casual DTA riders. "Just about everybody has a cell phone these days and DTA information is at their fingertips, not only from their home computer or laptop, but in their pocket or purse," says DTA General Manager Dennis Jensen.
Other DTA web-site technology features
The DTA web-site features other technological services like Google’s Transit Trip Planner, WebWatch bus tracking feature and email notification subscription service.
Google Transit’s Trip Planning Feature
Since December of 2006, the DTA’s web-site has featured Google Transit’s Trip Planning Feature. This feature has been very helpful I planning bus trips for many DTA riders – young and old.
When Google Transit’s launched its official “Trip Planning Feature” on October 3, 2007, Duluth was one of only 19 U.S. cities on board at that time. Today Google Transit’s Trip Planning services are available in 89 U.S. cities, 5 Canadian cities and 15 cities in Europe, Australia and Asia.
WebWatch Satellite-based Bus Tracking Feature
The DTA web-site also include other technological features like the interactive WebWatch bus tracking service, where riders can access real-time DTA schedule information for their stop and monitor their bus on a map as it makes its way along the route.
WebWatch can be accessed from desktop, laptop computers, iPhones, Blackberry and other web-enabled mobile communication devices.
Email Notification Subscription Service
DTA riders can sign up for email notifications to keep informed on service-related issues that could affect their bus rides. Email notifications are sent to subscribers for major service updates as soon as the information becomes available.