Frontliners Can Use Google Maps to Locate Routes and Schedules of Free Shuttles
Google Maps has added new features on the application that can help frontliners locate the routes and schedules of free shuttle services.
As the Metro Manila has been placed again under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), public transportation was also limited. Frontliner and people who belong to the essential works complained about the difficulties in transportation.
Meanwhile, for the remaining days of MECQ, Google Maps has updated the features of the application to help frontliners in their transportation. Google has added the routes and schedules of more free shuttles services for frontliners.
According to the article, the free shuttle services were provided by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Office of the Vice President, and the local government of Pasig City. This is to help frontliners in their everyday transpo and to avoid discrimination in public vehicles.
In the update, frontliners and health workers can calculate the estimated travel time and they can easily find the best way and schedule to get to their destination. The “add to calendar” feature can help reflect the shuttle schedule right to their Google Calendar.
With this, they can organize their day and have the assurance that they won’t miss their rider, based on the article of ANC. By checking out the “schedule explorer” feature, they can get the shuttle schedule information at one glance.
To use the new features, you should first launch Google Maps via app or web. Next is to enter your intended destination and tap “directions.
Then select the public transit tab. This is the train icon which comes after car and motorcycle icons. Maps will immediately pull up a recommended route which uses the government’s shuttle routes, when available.
“Our goal is to help our frontliners and medical workers–our modern heroes–with the best of our technology,” says Bernadette Nacario, Google Philippines Country Director.
“The routes and schedules of the free shuttles and other locally relevant information on Google Maps to make their daily transport easier and more convenient are just one of the many ways we show this commitment,” he added.
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