Oakville Transit launches online trip planner by Google

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – for immediate release

Oakville Transit launches online trip planner by Google

Ride the virtual bus for a chance to win great prizes

Finding your way across town on Oakville Transit just got easier. Oakville Transit officially launched its new online transit trip planner in collaboration with Google. You can find the Oakville Transit Trip Planner on the Oakville Transit website.

“We’re very excited to bring this service to Oakville. This will certainly help our residents and visitors find their way around town on Oakville Transit,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council is committed to improving transit in every way possible and by working with Google, we can now offer a tool that makes taking the bus that much easier. This is yet another step in the evolution of Oakville Transit.”

The online trip planner is powered by Google and uses Oakville Transit’s scheduling data to help riders plan their trip. You simply enter a starting point and final destination, date of travel, and starting time, then click Get Directions. Google will display route options, walking times and even connections across municipal borders.

“For our regular transit customers, this service will give them our transit schedules at their fingertips. For anyone who has not yet tried Oakville Transit, this is the time to try it. It’s easy to use and takes the guessing game out of which route to take,” said Barry Cole, director of Oakville Transit.

Oakville Transit Trip Planner by Google can also be accessed on mobile devices (such as iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile) making checking schedules or switching bus routes easy and convenient.

To encourage the public to try out the new online trip planner, Oakville Transit is hosting a virtual scavenger hunt with a chance to win great prizes. From March 26 to April 20, correctly answer all the scavenger hunt questions and your name will be entered into a draw to win an iPad, a PRESTO travel pack, or a bicycle. For extra chances to win one of 10, $25 PRESTO cards, upload your photo, on or near a bus at any one of the scavenger hunt locations, to Facebook or tweet it to @townofoakville. The winners’ names will be posted online the week of April 23, 2012. For contest details visit the Oakville Transit website.

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Media contact

Barry Cole
Director, Oakville Transit
905-845-6601, ext. 3507
bcole@oakville.ca

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
905-338-4244
mmilhomens@oakville.ca


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