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Apple Maps gets Transit data for Boston and Sydney

by Killian Bell | October 6, 2015October 6, 2015 5:06 am PST

iOS 9 transit

Apple introduced Transit directions to Apple Maps with iOS 9, and less than a month after the feature made its debut, it is already expanding its reach. Boston, Massachusetts and Sydney, Australia are the latest cities to be supported.

Apple this week quietly added these cities to its list of Transit-supported locations on the iOS 9 Feature Availability page of its website. It takes the total number of Transit cities to 13, but we don’t expect it to remain at this figure for too long.

Apple is clearly working to expand Transit support quickly, and its acquisitions of companies like HopStop and Embark, plus its partnerships with a long list of data sources, are allowing it to do that. We will almost certainly see more cities added before the end of the year.

Transit directions in iOS 9 allow users to navigate big cities using various forms of public transport, including buses, trains, and even ferries. Apple’s key advantage is that it gives users a top-down view of underground subway and train stations, which isn’t available from rivals.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...