MapQuest Launches Pedestrian and Rail Transit Routing

Posted by at 12:21 pm on February 10, 2011

AOL’s MapQuest today launched a pedestrian routing mode on making walking directions more direct than ever. Additionally, a new rail transit option links the pedestrian mode with public rail transportation routing in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Boston, reaching roughly 90 percent of the nation’s rail ridership.

The new nationwide pedestrian mode allows walking travelers to be routed down one-way streets, pedestrian malls, through parks and along designated paths; while the new transit routing option provides departure and arrival information, helpful hints to alert train passengers, and station search information in designated cities.

“MapQuest is in the business of getting people where they need to go,” said Christian Dwyer, senior vice president and general manager, MapQuest. “We are excited to launch both the nationwide pedestrian mode and the new transit routing option on to reach urban commuters who rely on alternative modes of transportation.”

On average, some 14.7 million people use metro public rail options in the six launch cities:

  • New York
  • Washington D.C.
  • Chicago
  • Boston
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Philadelphia

MapQuest worked with San Francisco-based, geospatial data and mapping company, Urban Mapping, to develop its transit option, and has plans for additional city content is 201

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