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CUSTOMERS CAN NOW GOOGLE TRIPS ACROSS TRANSIT AGENCIES

September 23, 2008
Contact: Dan Stessel (973) 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — Planning trips between the largest public transportation agencies in New Jersey and New York is now just a few mouse-clicks away—and easier than ever—thanks to a beefed-up Google Maps website that integrates NJ TRANSIT, PATH and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus, rail and light rail service schedules.

The Google trip planning tool, which was introduced to NJ TRANSIT rail and light rail customers in March, is now available for trips that include all 240 NJ TRANSIT bus routes as well MTA and PATH transit services.

“We are pleased the MTA and PATH are working with us to provide the same access to trip information that has proven to be so popular with our customers,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles, who joined New York officials this morning at Grand Central Terminal for the announcement of the MTA/PATH launch of Google Transit. “Now, New Yorkers visiting New Jersey can effortlessly plan their trip using mass transit to get to a number of great destinations in the state, like the Yankees AA team in Trenton and the circus at the Prudential Center in Newark.”

Google Maps provides written directions and maps to stations, schedule information, transfer times, reverse trip directions, an ability to search for nearby businesses and a link to www.njtransit.com for customized planning tools and fare information.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 164 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.