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Apple Maps has been updated with all-new transit data in Portland, providing users with aerial tram, bus, MAX light rail, WES commuter rail, and downtown streetcar routing in Oregon's most populous city and the surrounding metropolitan area. The public transit information is supplied by the city and regional transportation agency TriMet.

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Apple Maps transit routing and trip planning is available throughout most of Greater Portland, including connections with the suburbs of Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn, and smaller communities, along with the nearby city of Vancouver, Washington.

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Portland is the latest North American city to support Apple Maps transit after Austin and Montreal. Other regions with Apple Maps transit directions include Baltimore, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto, and 30 cities in China.

Transit mode was added to Apple Maps as one of the headline features of iOS 9 last year.

(Thanks, Ram!)

Article Link: Apple Maps Expands Transit Data to Portland, Oregon
 

dgbrownnt

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The public transit information is supplied by the city and its transportation agency TriMet.

Small technical detail - TriMet is not an agency of the City of Portland, but a regional transit authority under the state (closely related to (but separate from) Metro, the regional government of the Portland metropolitan area).
 
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Karma*Police

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Day late and a dollar short. Google bought Waze and is slowly but surely implementing some of Waze's functionality into Google Maps. I agree, it would have been a nice acquisition though.

A better acquisition than beats, for sure. Waze cost Google $1B whereas beats cost Apple $3B. For that much money they probably could have purchased both Waze and Spotify.
 
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ike1707

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SWEET. I may be calling Portland home in a couple years, so this is pretty cool.
 
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69Mustang

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In between a rock and a hard place
A better acquisition than beats, for sure. Waze cost Google $1B whereas beats cost Apple $3B. For that much money they probably could have purchased both Waze and Spotify.
Depends on the criteria used to define better. If the criteria is profit margin, market share, brand recognition, and ROI then Beats made sense. That just the headphones, and doesn't even take Beats Music into consideration. When you look at Waze, Spotify, and Beats, only one of those has immediate and tangible contribution to the bottom line. Beats reputation in certain circles is a different animal, and means nothing in a financial sense.

Waze and Spotify would probably contribute more to the infrastructure of Apple's services. It's not monetary, but solidifying Apple's services does have value. Services isn't Apple's strong suit and any bolstering there is a plus. Using that criteria, those two could be considered a better acquisition.

Just depends on how you want to measure better.
 
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doelcm82

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If they add cities this slowly it will take forever to have transit available globally, there are only 14 cities right now with Apple transit data plus China, but Apple does not say how many in China.

http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/
I expect the pace will pick up. A few test markets to begin with. Now one new market a week. Once they get the process streamlined (integrating the transit companies' data into Apple Maps), they can go faster.
 
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Karma*Police

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Depends on the criteria used to define better. If the criteria is profit margin, market share, brand recognition, and ROI then Beats made sense. That just the headphones, and doesn't even take Beats Music into consideration. When you look at Waze, Spotify, and Beats, only one of those has immediate and tangible contribution to the bottom line. Beats reputation in certain circles is a different animal, and means nothing in a financial sense.

Waze and Spotify would probably contribute more to the infrastructure of Apple's services. It's not monetary, but solidifying Apple's services does have value. Services isn't Apple's strong suit and any bolstering there is a plus. Using that criteria, those two could be considered a better acquisition.

Just depends on how you want to measure better.

Agreed, I meant the latter. Also, I'd argue that bolstering the iPhone UX (especially in critical areas such as maps and music) is more important to Apple's long-term financial health than whatever contribution beats' headphone business could add to Apple's bottom line.
 
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magicMac

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Still very little coverage in Europe. Just London (including some surrounding areas) and east Germany. No Paris? No Madrid? No Belgium ? And No Manchester or Birmingham in the UK? And doesn't even include the WCML in the UK (electric and connects Manchester, Birmingham and London) but does include the MML up the where electrification ends...

I prefer apples transit directions and is a bliss to use while in and around London but they really need to start adding cities at a much quicker rate and filling in gaps - it doesn't even know about the X5 coach service between Cambridge and Oxford in the UK
 
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Harvtron

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I live in Portland, Transit maps don't seem to be loading. Keep seeing the error "Transit information for Portland is not available." on my phone and computer. I have restarted devices, any ideas?
 
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DogHouseDub

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Sure, I agree but the pace is just way too slow.

Luckily Google Maps works perfectly well on my iOS device - if they would provide a toggle to select an alternate Maps app as the default, we'd be golden.

Apple needs to remember that they are a hardware company - make only as much software as is necessary to sell the hardware. In this case, Maps might be a hedge to ensure access to a navigation app (should others stop supporting iOS).
 
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