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Apple Maps Adds Amtrak Routes in Northeastern U.S. and Transit Directions for Boston

As part of its efforts to add transit directions in iOS 9, Apple has recently updated Apple Maps to include multiple Amtrak routes in the Northeastern United States. Available mainly in the cities where transit directions have been implemented, the longest Amtrak route available runs from Chicago to New York.

Supported routes include the Northeast Regional, Acela Express, Keystone, Lake Shore Limited, Pennsylvanian, and Maple Leaf, many of which operate between cities in the Northeastern United States.

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The Acela Express, for example, runs between Boston, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Lake Shore Limited runs from New York/Boston to Albany to Chicago, while Maple Leaf runs from New York to Niagara Falls to Toronto.

Amtrak routes in the South, West, Midwest, and Northwest are not currently available in Apple Maps, but the information will likely be implemented as Apple expands transit information to additional areas across the United States. Transit directions are currently available in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and San Francisco.

Along with Amtrak support for several cities where transit directions are supported, Apple has also added transit information for the Boston area. Boston was initially added to Apple's list of supported cities earlier this month, but the page was later updated to note the feature wouldn't officially be working until a later date in October.

As of this morning, transit directions are available in Boston, allowing Boston residents to access directions by Amtrak, commuter rail, buses, and more. The next city to gain transit directions will be Sydney, which was also added to Apple's list of supported cities earlier in the month. While Boston transit information is live, it does not yet appear to be available in Sydney.

(Thanks, Alec!)



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11 months ago
At least it is tough for a train to get lost.
Rating: 18 Votes
11 months ago
Only a matter of years until transit becomes a useful feature for most users.
Rating: 16 Votes
11 months ago
At this rate I'll be on iOS 30 by the time it covers my area.
Rating: 15 Votes
11 months ago
Why is transit information so slow to be included in Apple Maps?
Rating: 13 Votes
11 months ago

At this rate I'll be on iOS 30 by the time it covers my area.


And iOS 60 for it to become available in Europe. ;)
Rating: 10 Votes
11 months ago

Sorry apple, im not switching from google maps.


I use Apple Maps for everything as a default.
Rating: 9 Votes
11 months ago

Why is transit information so slow to be included in Apple Maps?


It is kind of odd considering they bought Hopstop and Embark 2 years ago. Hopstop had directions for basically every US & Canada transit systems.
Rating: 7 Votes
11 months ago
Are walking directions now supported between Chicago and New York?

I prefer to rely on my own two feet.
Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago

Are walking directions now supported between Chicago and New York?

I prefer to rely on my own two feet.


You know it takes longer if you have a SAMSUNG chip in your iPhone 6S
Rating: 3 Votes
11 months ago

Thank you for calling the mapped area Northeast. I've run into so many from this area that say they're from the Midwest, or even West. Nope, you are East, Northeast specifically. I lived in Minneapolis. That's Midwest. Ohio, Indiana, you ain't Midwest.
/rant

So, I was intrigued by your rant and decided to do some fact checking. The Census Bureau has defined the Northeast region as comprising nine states: the New England ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England') states of Connecticut ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut'), Maine ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine'), Massachusetts ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts'), New Hampshire ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire'), Rhode Island ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhode_Island'), and Vermont ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermont'); and the Mid-Atlantic states ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Atlantic_states') of New Jersey ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey'), New York ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York'), and Pennsylvania ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania'). Several other definitions add Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. There are a few that extend even further by adding Virginia and West Virginia. The only place I saw that included Ohio, Indiana and Michigan in the Northeast was a the world botanists organization. Who's definition are you referencing to say that they are part of the northeast. As a reference point the Census Bureau does indeed include Ohio and Indiana in their definition of the Midwest. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midwestern_United_States#Definition
Rating: 3 Votes

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