Planning your trip on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express is now easier than ever. Web mapping service provider, Google, has added Rio Metro’s Rail Runner and commuter buses to its transit database. Passengers can type their destination location and arrival or departure times into the web based program and their computers or smart phones will map out a step by step transit route to take.
“Google Maps provides a real benefit to Rio Metro customers, not only through ease of use, but also to be able to locate all of their trip information in one place”, says Terry Doyle, Director of Rio Metro Regional Transit District. “We’re very excited about being able to engage our customers in the latest technology that will help make their journeys – however near or far – that much easier.”
Whether it’s a connection through ABQ RIDE, Amtrak or various other transit agencies, Google’s mapping service provider can plan your connections. Google can even calculate total fare, including transfer fees. Just connect to Google Maps via your computer or smart phone, click the transit (bus) icon, type in your location and destination and let Google tell you how much money you can save in lieu of driving. From the Google Maps page riders can even connect to the Rio Metro website and purchase tickets online.
“We are pleased to welcome Rio Metro to Google Maps. This partnership shows Rio Metro’s commitment to innovating, as well as serving and attracting new riders. Together we can provide useful and accurate information to help people quickly get to where they want to go,” said, Ryan Porscharsky, Strategic Partner Manager at Google.
Additionally, Rio Metro is currently working on a special trip planner module for the front page of the website. This interactive feature will be accessible in a couple weeks on riometro.org. In the meantime, people can find a trip planning link on the front page of the Rail Runner website. Rio Metro has also announced plans to partner with Microsoft’s Bing Maps to add its transit information to that web mapping service provider’s transit database. That product should be available in a few months.