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PRTC Redesigns Website, Integrates Google Transit

By Potomac Local June 10, 2014 1:10 pm

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Many riders begin and end their commutes, or transfer to other PRTC buses at the agency’s Transit Center in Woodbridge.

Many riders begin and end their commutes, or transfer to other PRTC buses at the agency’s Transit Center in Woodbridge.

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – A newly redesigned website and Google should help bus riders better plan their trip.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission that operates OmniLink local bus service and OmniRide commuter bus service has implemented Google Transit information on its newly redesigned website. The information allows users to log onto Google, plug in their destination, and find out which is the fastest route to take by way of public transportation.

The Google integration appears on the agency’s new website, and Google transit data also includes information from other area transit companies like Metro and Fairfax Connector bus service.

“Having PRTC bus information included on Google Transit is a useful tool for both seasoned and occasional riders,” said PRTC Executive Director Alfred Harf in a press release. “By making transit services more comprehensible, Google Transit becomes a catalyst for convincing those who don’t regularly use public transportation to give it a try.”

There is also a new trip planner feature on PRTC’s website, under the rider tools section, that allows users to search for bus stops as well as routes. This is the first time the website has been updated since 2008, and it comes on the heels of a new RiderExpress email notification service that was updated late last year.

While the online trip planner is available online all day, every day, PRTC has customer service agents available for questions from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 703-730-6664.

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