CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- By this time next year, KRT riders will be able to use Google to plan transit trips, whether across town or across the county.
The KRT board of directors voted Thursday to spend $10,000 to have the entire KRT system documented, mapped and uploaded to Google Transit.
Google Transit allows users of Google Maps or its related smartphone and tablet apps to instantly plan trips and obtain directions using local transit services.
"They were very excited about it," KRT Assistant General Manager Doug Hartley said of the KRT board members.
The project will be performed by Marshall University graduate students in conjunction with the Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute in Huntington.
The students will make note of the GPS coordinates of every bus stop in the KRT system and map every bus route. The data will then be uploaded to Google.
Google then uses that data to map out directions that include the use of public transportation.
For example, for a hypothetical trip from the West Side to the State Capitol, Google Transit would provide walking directions to the nearest bus stop, provide the route name and time of arrival for the next bus, tell riders where to get off the bus and then provide walking directions to the destination. Google Transit also provides transfer information, if necessary.