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May 30, 2008

CART partners with Google Transit

Transcript Staff Writer

Public transportation users in Norman no longer have to rely on old-fashioned maps to tell them how to get from point A to point B.

Cleveland Area Rapid Transit is now featured on Google Transit, providing a high-tech alternative.

CART users can go online and type in their starting point and ending destination into Google Maps using the Google Transit feature. The program maps out several routes so users can choose the one that works for them.

CART is one of only 39 public transportation systems in the U.S. on Google Transit, and it's the first one in Oklahoma, said Kris Glenn, CART spokesperson.

Becky Aguilar, executive director of the Community Services Building, has used the new feature and said Google Transit is helpful.

"It's very easy to use and you don't have to be completely computer literate to use it," she said.

She did say she had to familiarize herself with the program for a while, like making sure she selected her route from Norman and not another city. But it didn't take her long.

"It was easy to access, but you have to use it a couple times just to get used to it," she said.

To use Google Transit, users can go to CART's new Web site, ridecart.com, which was launched last week at the same time the new Google Transit feature was added. Users may click on "Google Maps" at the right side of the page.

The feature also is accessible through Google Maps. When searching within CART's service area, the public transportation option will pop up in addition to driving directions.

Users can enter their start and end address and desired time. Then Google Maps will produce several options for users to choose from, including different combinations of walking and riding the bus.

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