Google Maps will show you how full your train is to avoid crowds

Google announced many new features for Google Maps on Wednesday.

It extends a function to 10,000 cities in 100 countries that shows you how crowded a bus line is. But it also tests something even more detailed: the option to see which cars on a particular train are the busiest on New York’s Long Island Rail Road and on Sydney crossing lines.

Both possibilities can help you avoid more people if you are worried that you will get stuck with many other commuters as you return to work during the pandemic.

The information will be displayed when searching for your route. If, for example, you are looking for trains from New York Penn Station to Long Island on the Long Island Rail Road, you will see data on how full a train is and which cars have the most seats available. If it is on a railway that does not yet provide the most detailed data, you will still see if the train is full or not. The feature is now available to Google Maps users, so you may not see it yet.

If your workplace is flexible during rush hour, Google said that nationally, you are more likely to take a seat if you travel at 9 a.m. versus between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Google said the data is provided by Long Island Rail Road in New York and Transport for New South Wales in Sydney. More cities will support open space in the future, Google said.

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