Now information about Mumbai Metro’s trip timings and stations on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route will be available on Google Maps, reports IANS. Trip timings for the next few Metro services to and from any of the twelve stations on this route will be provided to commuters on the Google Maps app, under the Metro Services Option. During peak hours the Metro service is operated at a frequency of four minutes, while during non-peak hours the frequency is eight minutes.
The app will also provide details about various facilities on offer such as stairs, escalators, elevators, and ticket counters at individual stations.
The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route is 11.4 km long, with 12 stations along the route at: Versova, D.N. Nagar, Azad Nagar, Andheri, Western Express Highway (WEH), Chakala, Airport Road, Marol Naka, Saki Naka, Subhash Nagar, Asalpha, Ghatkopar.
Google Maps transit feature further expanded
In March this year, Google Maps app for Android and iOS was updated to expand the transit feature to seven new Indian cities, including Chandigarh, Lucknow, Vadodara, Indore, Mysore, Surat and Coimbatore. The feature was previously available in 9 cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Pune, and Ahmedabad.
Users have to enter the destination, click on the ‘get direction’ icon, and then select the ‘transit’ icon to view time, bus numbers, bus stops, Ola and Uber cabs available, routes and other travel information such as where to stop for the next bus. Users in the newly included cities could previously only check the route for travelling via car or walking. The update adds public and private transport options.
Earlier this year, Google Maps also rolled out a new feature that allowed users to share their location in real-time with contacts, friends, family, or to a closed group. Users can swipe left on the app and select ‘Share location’. This generates a shareable link which can be sent to other users using text messages. The link can be viewed on any device—smartphones, PCs, desktops—although the original user can control who can view the link.
Other Mumbai Metro developments:
– In March last year, Ola Money users were allowed to use the wallet service to recharge prepaid metrocards for Mumbai Metro.
– Back in July 2014, Mumbai Metro introduced Wi-Fi service at all its Metro stations in the city, in partnership with You Broadband. At the time of the launch, free internet connectivity was offered for the first 15 minutes every day as an introductory offer. After 15 minutes, commuters had to purchase Wi-Fi coupons for Rs 100 which allowed them to use the service for the next three hours (180 minutes). These coupons were available at customer care centres at all Metro stations.