Apple Maps Transit Directions Work Across Much of Southern Ontario

Apple earlier this week announced that Toronto will be one of ten major cities in North America that will support Apple Maps transit directions on iOS 9 in the fall, but after early testing we can confirm that the new routing option for bus, subway, light rail, train and ferry directions will actually extend well beyond the city limits and TTC to cover much of the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.

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Apple Maps transit directions on iOS 9 beta working in Waterloo and Barrie

A thread posted on Reddit first pointed towards the Apple Maps transit acknowledgments page, which has been updated with several Canadian transit operators outside of Toronto, but we dug further and found that Apple Maps transit directions work in even more cities. We were able to receive bus, subway, light rail or train directions between over a dozen Canadian cities and towns throughout Southern Ontario listed below.

List of Supported Cities:

  • Mississauga: MiWay bus directions where service is provided in Mississauga. GO Transit bus and train directions also available for traveling between Mississauga and other Apple Maps-supported cities within the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.
  • Oakville: Oakville Transit bus directions where service is provided in Oakville. GO Transit bus and train directions also available for traveling between Oakville and other Apple Maps-supported cities within the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.
  • Brampton: Brampton Transit bus directions where service is provided in Brampton. GO Transit bus and train directions also available for traveling between Brampton and other Apple Maps-supported cities within the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.
  • York Region: York Region Transit (YRT) bus directions and Viva rapid transit directions where service is provided in Aurora, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and other areas within York Region. GO Transit bus and train directions also available for traveling between York Region and other Apple Maps-supported cities within the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario. There are also directions for TTC routes operating between York Region and subway stations in Toronto.
  • City of Hamilton: Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) bus directions where service is provided in Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas and Stoney Creek. GO Transit bus and train directions also available for traveling between Hamilton and other Apple Maps-supported cities within the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.
  • Burlington: Burlington Transit bus directions where service is provided in Burlington. GO Transit bus and train directions also available for traveling between Burlington and other Apple Maps-supported cities within the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.
  • Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge: Grand River Transit (GRT) bus directions where service is provided in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. GO Transit bus and train directions where service is provided for traveling between Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge and other Apple Maps-supported cities within the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.
  • Guelph: Guelph Transit bus directions where service is provided in Guelph. GO Transit bus and train directions also available for traveling between Guelph and other Apple Maps-supported cities within the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.
  • Niagara Region: Niagara Falls Transit, St. Catharines Transit, Welland Transit, Niagara Region Transit and WEGO bus directions where service is provided in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Region. GO Transit bus and train (summer only) directions where service is provided for traveling between Niagara Falls and other Apple Maps-supported cities within the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.
Apple Maps also supports all other cities with GO Transit train and bus service, including:
  • Barrie
  • Pickering
  • Ajax
  • Whitby
  • Oshawa
  • Peterborough
  • Milton

List of Supported Transit Operators:

  • GO Transit (Buses & Trains)
  • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
  • MiWay — Mississauga
  • Oakville Transit
  • Brampton Transit
  • York Region Transit (YRT)
  • Viva Rapid Transit — York Region
  • Hamilton Street Railway (HSR)
  • Burlington Transit
  • Grand River Transit (GRT) — Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge
  • Guelph Transit
  • Niagara Falls Transit and Niagara Region Transit
  • St. Catharines Transit
  • Welland Transit
  • Niagara Region Transit
  • WEGO — Niagara Falls
Apple Maps will automatically provide with you the proper connection or transfer details when traveling through multiple cities. For example, traveling from Air Canada Centre in Toronto to Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls may require transferring from a GO train to Burlington Transit bus to a GO bus, and Apple Maps will figure out the most efficient route for commuting to and from your destination.

Apple Maps transit directions will also be available in Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C. when iOS 9 launches this fall. Presumably, transit directions may also be available in the metropolitan areas and surrounding regions of many of those cities as well, and more regions in the future as Apple secures more partnerships with transit operators.



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13 months ago

Why is Apple still lagging so far behind on this, compared to other companies like Google?


Probably because the "other companies" have a head start...
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13 months ago

I got all excited when I saw niagara region. I really need to read more carefully. It's a shame that my Canadian neighbors will get transit info before me. Not that I need it, or that there's much to know.


Right. It's a real shame. Because every American backwater town is more important than the fifth most populous district in North America.
That's the sort of attitude that really endears Americans to the rest of the world :rolleyes:
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13 months ago
Transit details for GTA - Very nice !

I rather them focus on negotiating Apple pay with our banks (especially TD) than give me this..

You can find transit information in other ways.. It shouldn't be a priority whatsoever.


Apple pay is coming to Canada in November.
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13 months ago

Might as well hit Austin...


...we have one train :(

Might as well say "grab the nearest bicycle"
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13 months ago

You say that with confidence, do you know something we don't?


It's been rumoured.. Also I know a couple of friends in different banks who are working on such / related projects... ( unconnected with each other ) November time frame.

I don't think they are BS'ing me and have no reason to. They also think it's pretty cool.

If it doesn't happen I'd be extremely disappointed given their insight.
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13 months ago
Why is Apple still lagging so far behind on this, compared to other companies like Google?
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13 months ago
Too bad I recently moved from Hamilton! Go the Hammer!
Ok Apple, let's see Metro Vancouver next
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13 months ago

Transit details for GTA - Very nice !



Apple pay is coming to Canada in November.


You say that with confidence, do you know something we don't?
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13 months ago

I don't see Burlington Transit listed. I hope that is a mistake.

Burlington Transit was the single one I forgot to add -- it works too!
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13 months ago
I wish Apple success in the map effort. A lot of improvement has been made, but it is still not close to the quality of Google maps. Just today, I had to go somewhere. Typed the address for the place (nothing new, some place that probably has been there for over 20 years). Apple maps dropped the pin on the police station, at least a block from the correct location. Google, spot on. I know this is only anecdotal, but I believe I've had many more negative experiences with accuracy and navigation with Apple maps than with Google, in multiple places. On the other hand I like the graphics from Apple maps, it is just the content. However, as I said. I've noticed a lot of improvements and lately they've been responsive to any errors I have reported to them. For me it is great that I have the choice of Apple or Google maps.
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