Google Map Maker

Google Map Maker became available for the United States this week.  Formerly Google Map Maker was available for many other countries but not the United States.

Google Map Maker makes Google Maps more like a wiki, in the style of OpenStreetMap.  This makes it possible for users to edit places, hours, roads, and buildings.  It’s even possible to add bike lanes.

There is an approval process for changes, which considers input from other users.

This development will be useful for transit agencies that wish to fine-tune user experience for Google Transit by making local landmark and road information more accurate.

More information is available in a post on the Official Google Blog.

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.