Six cities have wheelchair-accessible transit directions on Google Maps

Google Maps has its whimsical moments, for sure, but its main intention is to direct users to their destinations in the most optimal way possible.

For those who use a wheelchair, transit directions needed to be double-checked because Google Maps didn’t check if stations were step-free accessible — be it that the rail or bus fleet don’t cover gaps or if elevators weren’t available at a stop.

Well, now, the app now has a directions mode with wheelchair accessibility in mind. When searching up directions to a place around the Boston, London, Mexico City, New York, Sydney and Tokyo regions, check the options tab and see if the “wheelchair accessible” item can be toggled. If it is, suggested routes will change.

Google says that it gathered participants in its Local Guides program at over 200 locations in September to gather accessibility data for 12 million places. It’s also getting help from transit agencies.

We’ll have to see if elevator availability data will be accounted for in this iteration as machines get taken out of service for maintenance.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.