It has been a couple of years since Apple introduced transit information into its Maps app, and since then the company has been working to add new locations that support the feature.
Apple has been adding new cities across the globe on a regular basis, and now the company can say it has added two new cities to the mix, with both St. Louis, Missouri, and a variety of locations in Virginia now supporting transit information within Apple’s stock app.
Within St. Louis, Apple Maps transit information now covers both the MetroLink train routes and the MetroBus bus routes. Meanwhile, in the Richmond, Virginia, area Apple Maps users can find transit information for the GRTC bus routes. Meanwhile, in the Virginia Beach—Norfolk—Newport News area, transit information covers the HRT bus, trolley, and train routes. Residents will also find arrival and departure times within the app, too.
To get to the transit data, you will need to select your route, and then at the bottom of the screen you should see the “Transit” option, along with the other options like “Drive” and “Walk”.
Last week, Apple Maps gained transit information for the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area.
Apple introduced transit data in Apple Maps back with the launch of iOS 9, and, since then, the company has been rolling out coverage support for new cities all across the globe. The expansion was going along quite nicely throughout 2017, but near the end of the year the updates slowed down. Apple is starting to pick up the pace in 2018, though.
It might not be possible to dethrone Google Maps as the go-to navigational tool used by the majority of smartphone owners, but that shouldn’t stop Apple from trying to improve its own option. I’ve started to use Apple Maps more and more over the last year or so, and I know a lot of different iPhone owners who are starting to do the same thing.
Do you ever use Apple Maps?