Mapquest Joins HopStop, Google, Offers Transit Directions

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(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Mapquest now includes transit directions for many U.S. cities. HopStop began the same service in New York in 2005. Google Maps also has a transit feature.

One tricky element of transit mapping directions has been the walking portion of a trip, specifically distinguishing which roads are best for pedestrians when that differs from driving directions.

Mapquest said in a statement that their new transit and pedestrian options allow "walking travelers to be routed down one-way streets, pedestrian malls, through parks and along designated paths" and " provides train departure and arrival information, helpful hints to alert train passengers, and station search information in designated cities."

The transit feature works in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Boston. MapQuest worked with San Francisco-based, geospatial data and mapping company, Urban Mapping, to develop its transit option, and additional city content is planned for 2011.

HopStop works in 27 cities and metro regions.

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