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Need directions? Google and Metro may team up

Metro and Google officials appear to have joined efforts to bring bus and subway information to Google Transit for riders in the Washington area.

The transit agency distributed a press release saying Metro and Google officials on Thursday “will make a joint announcement about technology improvements that will benefit Metrorail and Metrobus riders.”

Neither Metro nor Google officials would confirm the deal or give more details. They said they’d talk more about it Thursday after Metro’s board committees have their regularly scheduled meetings.

After that, Google representatives will give a brief demonstration and answer questions, according to a Metro advisory.

For those wanting to try it out, it appears that Google Transit already includes Metro bus and rail directions for the D.C. area (we tried out a few addresses and it seemed ready to roll.)

Google had already partnered with many transit agencies in the Washington region to provide directions, but Metro was one of the holdouts.

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

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