Anchorage bus routes arrive on Google Maps


by Your Alaska Link News Team

Anchorage bus routes and schedules are now available for smartphone users through the Google Maps application.

Anchorage officials announced Wednesday that the city's People Mover bus system partnered with Google to incorporate public transit data into the technology giant's mapping system.

Reports say desktop users also can plan trips through the People Mover page on the city's website.

The partnership stems from an effort by Brendan Babb, who was part of a team of programmers who in 2012 won the Anchorage Economic Development Corp.'s Hackathon. The event featured programmers challenged to use government data to create apps and web tools.

Babb's team created a working model of the public transportation app. After the event, he volunteered to work with the municipality to develop the technology.