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Queenslanders will now be able to find their way around the southeast part of the state a little easier today, with Google turning on its 'transit' function for Google Maps.

The search giant said the service will cover the 1450 TransLink train, bus and ferry services that comprise Queensland’s south-east public transport network.

The transportation planning function combines Google Maps with TransLink’s network data, including transit stop locations, public transport routes, schedules and fare information, will be available via the Google Maps website and the Android and iPhone mobile apps.

“Tourists and visitors to south east Queensland will find this a useful tool, and it continues our promise to reinvigorate tourism which is part of Queensland’s four pillar economy,” said Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson.

“This is yet another improvement we’ve made to public transport, including halving Labor’s fare hikes for 2013 and 2014, providing free travel after nine weekly journeys and adding 2000 additional weekly services,” he said.

Nabil Nahgdy, Product Manager for Google Maps, Australia and New Zealand said Google Transit was also available on Google Maps for Androids and iPhones.

“Simply search for where you want to go and Google Maps will show you how to get there using public transport from your current location,” Nahgdy said.

The move follows a wider rollout across Australia of Google's handy Transit service - New South Wales residents received the service last year, while Google Transit arrived in Tasmania last month for residents in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. 

Meanwhile the Victorian government is currently seeking a vendor to provide real-time bus tracking services in Melbourne, though there's no word on whether Google will make a tender offer.

For more information about Google Transit, visit http://google.com.au/transit

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. He also writes for Junkee and Fasterlouder. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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