New data, new services, this is just how we roll! With the latest addition of transit data, developers can now incorporate transit routing into their own mapping application.
Using this service is really no different than directly calling for our driving, walking, or biking directions. Simply changing the
' will prompt MapQuest to begin searching for an optimal route combining pedestrian routes with transit routes.
Because transit data is also time-sensitive, some key parameters outlined on Date/Time Routing Options
have been added and are required for the service to return a response. Seen below is an example of a transit route request using the Metro from the oft forgotten about and climbable (!!) Albert Einstein Memorial to the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.
As documented on the Date/Time Routing Options page, when the value of
is set to 1, the current time is sent to generate a transit route. Other options include choosing a certain day of the week and time, or selecting a specific date and time -- all of which can have a major impact on the transit route returned.
Don't forget to also check out the updated Advanced Routing Sample
and give our API a test-drive!
[caption id="attachment_1276" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Partial screenshot of the Advanced Routing Sample using the Open Directions API"]
Currently, transit directions are available for six major metropolitan areas: New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco in both our Directions API
and the Open Directions API
. Please feel free to provide feedback on our forums or @MapQuestTech
while we look to increase the amount of transit data available and improve the service itself.
Happy Transit Commuting!