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Google Maps Gets Delhi Metro Transit Info; Buses The Real Test

The metro is easy. Google India and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have announced the availability of Delhi Metro transit information on Google Maps, including - train timings, station and fare details, approximate time travel information. As a frequent user of both the Delhi Metro and Google Maps, I can vouch for the following: Firstly, that the trains going in a single direction arrive at stations at least every 5 minutes, and the timing displayed is never accurate, so the timing doesn't really matter. Secondly, that while the best feature of the integration is a suggested route to a destination that includes public transportation, Google maps in India don't take into account traffic information and roads being blocked, and hence the approximate timing is almost always out of whack. Depend on the timing at your own peril. Where it really helps The integration will work best for someone is either completely unfamiliar with the Delhi Metro, so keeping in mind the Commonwealth Games, this will be most useful. It will also help anyone who isn't quite sure of which station to disembark at for a particular location in Delhi, or is simply seeking the shortest route to a metro station: if you're in the congested Karol Bagh area, and not sure about whether you're closer to the Karol Bagh metro station, or the Rajendra Place metro station, which are a kilometer apart. As the Metro's spidery spread through Delhi grows, this will be of immense use. More important than…

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