Google Transit feature: hover over suggested trips to see route options

Laya White (via Twitter @goldenlady) says it well “Ooooh….updated interface for transit directions on Google. I can hover over different choices and see the routes on the map. Nice.”

I really like this little change.  If you want to see if there are any route alternatives (other than just later departures) for a particular query, now all you do is hover over each of the returned trip options.

Also, note that the “hover” feature works when comparing multiple suggested walking routes, and also works when Google Maps returns multiple suggested driving routes (also a new feature).

See screenshot for transit directions in Portland, Oregon, below.


Aaron is the founding principal of Trillium Solutions, Inc. He brings experience that includes 13 years of experience in public transportation, with knowledge of fixed-route transportation, paratransit, rural transportation, and active transportation modes. Aaron is a recognized expert in developing data standards, web-application design, digital communications, and online marketing strategy. He originally developed Trillium’s GTFS Manager, and has played a key role in the development of the GTFS data specification since 2007.