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Next stop: Google Transit, Edmonton

Information found at google.com/transit can now help users plan trips with data provided by the city. Real-time information from Smart-equipped buses, including the city's airport express bus, is now available to Google as a third-party developer.

Kevin Tuong/ For Metro

Information found at google.com/transit can now help users plan trips with data provided by the city. Real-time information from Smart-equipped buses, including the city's airport express bus, is now available to Google as a third-party developer.

Transit users in Edmonton will soon be able to use Google as their guide, as the city continues to increase the availability of real-time transit data.

ETS began adding Smart Bus technology that allows real-time GPS data be gathered in 2014.

Currently, 304 buses on 21 routes are equipped with the technology, and the city plans to add it to nearly 500 more buses by the end of 2015.

Last week, ETS made the data from smart-equipped buses available to Google Transit, an online transit information feed.

With the city’s data, Google Transit can share up-to-the-minute bus location information with commuters.

City Council approved the adoption of Smart Bus technology in 2011. Sharing the Smart data with Google Transit is the first time the city has shared the real-time transit information with a third-party developer.

The collaboration with Google Transit is part of the city’s Open City initiative, which focuses on innovation, collaboration, transparency and inclusiveness.

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