HERE has transit info for more than 950 urban areas around the world and the Transit Team is constantly updating and extending this coverage. Conveniently, this is done behind the scenes so there's no need to update your Android, iOS or Windows Phone apps to see the results. It just works.
In the last few months, we have updated coverage in nine different countries. We’re particularly happy to introduce transit routes for Tasmania, which came about in response to a tweet from a local user to our transit product manager – David Volpe – asking us to incorporate data from Metro Tasmania - the largest public transport company in the state. David got on the case and we’re now pleased to say we’ve incorporated this data set. It’s a great example of social media making the world a better place, so thanks for the tip off @odgregg!
This also means that if you have a particular request for transit info, just get in touch with us either in the comments section below or via Twitter, @HERE.
Improvements to North America
North America has traditionally been tricky due to its diversity and the fact that every authority formats its route and timetable records in its own way. Despite this, we are continuing to make progress.
Our latest North American update includes transit directions for Fredericton, capital of Canadian province New Brunswick as well as 19 cities in the US including Orlando, Detroit and Raleigh.
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We've also made some improvements to the suburbs around New York, including Sussex County in New Jersey. Simon Curtis, Manager of the Transit Data Engineering Team, says, "The New York area has more transit routes than the next 16 largest systems in the U.S. combined, so it is certainly a priority area for us and we are intent on filling out the suburban areas with as much detail as possible."
Updates in other parts of the world
Besides full coverage of Flanders, we now have complete bus information for Belgium. We also have updates in France - including Rennes and Marseille. In Spain, we added Granada, Huesca and Ávila to our list.
In India, we now have transit coverage in Mangalore, Nagpur, Rajkot and Jaipur. We have expanded transit information in Brazil, too, with the addition of Goiania and Italians can now get around more easily in Trento, Brescia, Mantua and Verona.
[here-maps center="auto" zoom="5" map_mode="map.transport" width="100%" height="400px" hidden="full_screen" template="fixed" place_1="48.10762|-1.68448|Rennes, Brittany|Rennes" place_2="43.29337|5.37131|Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur|Marseille" place_3="46.07003|11.11917|Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige|Trento" place_4="45.5366|10.23206|Brescia, Lombardy|Brescia" place_5="45.16542|10.79243|Mantua, Lombardy|Mantua" place_6="45.43809|10.99157|Verona, Veneto|Verona" place_7="40.65787|-4.69228|Ávila, Castilla and Leon|Ávila" place_8="42.13322|-0.40929|Huesca, Aragon|Huesca" place_9="37.17053|-3.60518|Granada, Andalucia|Granada" place_10="50.84839|4.34969|Brussels, Belgium|Belgium"]
Clearly, though, the task is a long if not infinite one, that not only involves striking deals with the 1000s of existing transit operators across the globe but dealing with new ones popping up all the time.
Thankfully, we relish a challenge.