Already recognized in some quarters as the most feature-rich of the major mapping sites, Google Maps has announced the addition of public transit data in more than 50 cities around the world.
The new Transit Layer is available as a choice under the MORE button on the Google Maps interface:
Once selected, the Transit Layer will display public transportation lines/routes for the area you’re viewing. Google describes it as a “virtual metro map on top of Google Maps.” It doesn’t provide full schedules and routing details like Google Transit does, but it will show the transit lines in the area. A full list of the 50+ cities announced today is available on the Google LatLong blog.
Several months ago, one report praised Google Maps as the most feature-rich of the four major mapping sites, ahead of MapQuest, Yahoo Local, and Live Search Maps.