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Apple Maps has been updated with comprehensive transit data in Calgary, Alberta, enabling iPhone users in the Canadian city to navigate with public transportation, including the CTrain light rail system and buses.

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Apple Maps transit directions are also available for buses in the smaller Southern Alberta cities of Red Deer, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat.

Apple Maps enabled transit routing in Calgary just in time for the 2017 Calgary Stampede, which runs between July 7 and July 16.

Apple Maps gained a Transit tab in iOS 9. The feature lags several years behind Google Maps, but Apple's public transportation support is exhaustive, mapping all station entrances and listing departure times.

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At launch, the feature was limited to Baltimore, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto, and over 300 cities in China. Since then, Apple has been working to expand support for public transportation to other cities around the world.

Newer additions include Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Miami, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Montréal, New Orleans, Paris, Portland, Pittsburgh, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, and Singapore.

For a complete list of cities with Apple Maps transit directions, visit the iOS Feature Availability page on Apple's website.

(Thanks, Bernd!)

Article Link: Apple Maps Transit Directions Now Available in Calgary and Southern Alberta
 
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DingeZ

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"One city at a time" isn't exactly accurate. It is mostly a cluster of cities, situated around a mayor city (Calgary in this case) and they have released whole countries at once before (Japan, GB & the Netherlands). But the reason why is because they want to do it right. Every city has its specifics, but while Google only dumps the data in the system and then draws straight lines between the stations, Apple draws all lines geographically accurate and includes the lay-out of stations with entrances and exits. Also, Apple adheres to local conventions, like east-, west-, out- or inbound, or even complex train numbering codes like in Paris.
 

Seandroid

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Now watch as Apple, much like the rest of Canada, forgets that Edmonton has essentially the same population as Calgary.

And actually, now that I think about it, how on earth is this not available in Vancouver of all places? Probably the most comprehensive transit system in the country.
 
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surfingarbo

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Now watch as Apple, much like the rest of Canada, forgets that Edmonton has essentially the same population as Calgary.

And actually, now that I think about it, how on earth is this not available in Vancouver of all places? Probably the most comprehensive transit system in the country.

Edmonton is coming soon. You can see that they’ve started to map out the LRT stations in red, and have also added bus stops.
 

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Fzang

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Was there an explanation from Apple as to why they add one City at a time?

Something about quality control, although I'll bet Google invents an algorithm for that before Apple finishes half the cities they plan to.

I wonder how slow Apple will be to adopt changes and new routes, given that their application was released 4 years ago, and I still have 2 out of 4 means-of-transport buttons that are outright non-functional.
 

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Timing coincides with the first day of Calgary Stampede. Goes to show that if you want your city added, just hold a big event.
 
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xyber233

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Maybe one day they will circle back and add live transit times versus scheduled after adding all the cities...
 

Creek0512

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And actually, now that I think about it, how on earth is this not available in Vancouver of all places? Probably the most comprehensive transit system in the country.

Apple added transit directions for Vancouver and all of BC a year ago.
 

nutriousmitten

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Timing coincides with the first day of Calgary Stampede. Goes to show that if you want your city added, just hold a big event.
Makes sense. Over 1m people go to the Stampede Grounds over 10 days and have for decades, nevermind the bars and other events. Lots of US tourists and of course Canadian and worldwide tourists attend, and making sure they get on the trains and buses headed the right way, makes sense.

On a side mapping note,really hope to see Google add the "Drive" functionality to Google Maps on iOS as it is on Android.
 

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Was there an explanation from Apple as to why they add one City at a time?


Great question. It's really one, or a few, REGIONS, at a time. There are well over a thousand cities now covered and populations of hundreds of millions. As the excellent article below explains, Apple could have simply "flipped the switch" and imported all of the data from the transit systems at once. However, that's what Google did, and Google has been criticized for the accuracy of the data and a less desirable experience. After their disastrous initial roll out, Apple has been on a quest to have the best mapping experience and instead of just importing the data, Apple has decided to customize each region's transit experience. There are a lot of other great mapping things in the works as Apple opens another mapping center with 4000 employees in India to add to the several thousand already working on Mapping, and as it completes its own base map sometime this year or next that it has been building for the past few years.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/07/07/why-apples-transit-maps-are-rolling-out-so-slowly
 
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