Sta­tion maps

Plot your route at train and bus sta­tions

Mac Format - - MAKE MORE OF EL CAPITAN & iOS 9 -

In the Maps app, switch to the new Tran­sit view and search for a sta­tion in Lon­don, which is cur­rently the only city in the UK to of­fer the fea­ture we’re go­ing to look at – (or an­other city listed at http://bit.ly/Ap­pleMap­sTran­sit). In both the 2D and 3D views, zoom in close enough to a sta­tion or stop – for bus or rail, in Lon­don’s case – and you’ll see a peach-coloured out­line of the sta­tion build­ing, as well as any un­der­ground tun­nels it in­cor­po­rates. It’s not just the names of the sta­tion and busi­nesses within it that are marked – en­trances are also shown to help you spot which is near­est – po­ten­tially handy for avoid­ing the driz­zly weather.

Click­ing on the sta­tion’s name will re­veal the sta­tion’s place card, com­plete with de­par­ture times. How­ever, make note that some sta­tions dis­play more than one icon next to their name for the dif­fer­ent net­works that serve them. Lon­don Vic­to­ria, for ex­am­ple, dis­plays icons for na­tional rail ser­vices and the un­der­ground. How­ever, when you click on it and then click the i in a cir­cle on the popover that ap­pears, the sta­tion’s card dis­plays the num­ber of min­utes un­til the next few trains on the Gatwick Ex­press. Fur­ther down the card, look for Con­nec­tions and click the i next to it to see times to de­par­tures for each of the un­der­ground lines that run through the sta­tion. All of th­ese fea­tures are avail­able on iOS 9 as well.

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