Bing Maps launches transit directions

Commuters can now use Bing Maps to find transit routes around major metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada. The announcement was first made today on the official Bing Blog.

The transit directions will initially be available in 11 cities throughout North America. They include Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Vancouver. Microsoft says that additional cities will be rolled out in the future.

"You'll notice in the screenshot that the transit information is featured alongside each route option. This helps users easily compare route options based on their existing knowledge of the transit and their preferences. Transit options are available for bus, subway, light rail, and local rail."

The new feature is available in the standard version of Bing Maps, but not yet in the Silverlight-powered version or on Bing Mobile. "The information in the Bing Transit map is provided by various transportation agencies in major metropolitan regions," said a Bing representative "Please note, Bing Transit only works on AJAX supported sites."

The announcement is just one of many to be released over the course of the week. Neowin reported yesterday of the soon-to-be-released animated Bing homepage, Microsoft's answer to Google instant search results.

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"The announcement is just one of many to be released over the course of the week. Neowin reported yesterday of the soon-to-be-released animated Bing homepage, Microsoft's answer to Google instant search results."

No, That is not Bing's answer. They've had that in the works for several months.

What I want is the ability to see routes on the map, highlight certain routes, and show stop times. None of this "transit directions" stuff. Google Maps doesn't do it either, although it does have the option to show routes.

The Vancouver transit routing needs work...it shows the longest/slowest route as the only option. Google, on the other hand, shows the shortest and recommends it.

Wow, what a cool new feature. Looks like it's very handy.

I told a friend of mine that spends a lot of time in NYC about this and he was rather excited about the feature too.

MS make a dedicated app for wp7 and i'll be heaven, I can't wait to pick up one of those phones on launch day. ...City in question, Toronto.

wetworker said,
MS make a dedicated app for wp7 and i'll be heaven, I can't wait to pick up one of those phones on launch day. ...City in question, Toronto.

Yeah, it would really rock if you can get transit directions on your phone. Which I can't see why you wouldn't be able to. Seems like the rest of Bing Maps and everything is there.

Frazell Thomas said,
Finally I can ditch Google Maps

I did, and I never went back.

Also, did you know that before, MapQuest was more popular than Google Maps for directions?

The transit directions are better on Bing than on Google Maps for my daily route.
Google Maps wants me to walk 4 miles!

Elliott said,
I guess now Google will have copied Bing on this too?

Kidding.

Jokes about Google copying Bing are getting old. Literally every news post on Neowin relating to Bing has this "Google will copy this" joke. Ya you said you're "jk" but you still brought it up. Let's stop ok? We all know Google has been copying certain Bing ideas by now. Thx =)

david said,

Jokes about Google copying Bing are getting old. Literally every news post on Neowin relating to Bing has this "Google will copy this" joke. Ya you said you're "jk" but you still brought it up. Let's stop ok? We all know Google has been copying certain Bing ideas by now. Thx =)


I don't see a problem when its true. People are very quick to criticise the other way around or anything negative in regard to Microsoft.

david said,
Jokes about Google copying Bing are getting old. Literally every news post on Neowin relating to Bing has this "Google will copy this" joke. Ya you said you're "jk" but you still brought it up. Let's stop ok? We all know Google has been copying certain Bing ideas by now. Thx =)

No, I actually like it. You know, when in the past it used to be old "Microsoft Copying Google" jokes. Now the tables has turned, and I'm enjoying the show.

Hey Google, when will you copy this?

thenonhacker said,

No, I actually like it. You know, when in the past it used to be old "Microsoft Copying Google" jokes. Now the tables has turned, and I'm enjoying the show.

Hey Google, when will you copy this?


The sarcasm in the quote is that google had that feature years ago.

david said,

Jokes about Google copying Bing are getting old. Literally every news post on Neowin relating to Bing has this "Google will copy this" joke. Ya you said you're "jk" but you still brought it up. Let's stop ok? We all know Google has been copying certain Bing ideas by now. Thx =)

As EyasSH mentioned, Google Maps has had this feature for years.

It was a joke because everybody is so quick to say "WTF Google just copied Bing" on a lot of new enhancements Google has made.

Elliott said,

It was a joke because everybody is so quick to say "WTF Google just copied Bing" on a lot of new enhancements Google has made.

Well, is it a copy or is it a similar feature with enhancements.

I'd be fine with a copy since I'd like to be able to stay in Bing when I want access this functionality - but I'd hope it's better than Google's implementation. Since it's based on transit organization data I wonder how it could be improved, unless Bing can process a richer data set or something (like currrent GPS position of the next bus or something).

Last I checked, Ohio State University has this functionality in their data, but services to get the data to riders have been mostly experimental student projects. I think COTA in Columbus also had a clunky implementation of this that only showed position of busses on your line.

thenonhacker said,

No, I actually like it. You know, when in the past it used to be old "Microsoft Copying Google" jokes. Now the tables has turned, and I'm enjoying the show.

Hey Google, when will you copy this?

I bet you that you're a Bing user. =)