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FARMINGTON — Red Apple Transit riders are now able to plan their trips using Google Maps.

The eight routes the bus system offers are now available for people using Google Maps to find by clicking on the public transit icon. The new tool became available to riders on Monday, and transit officials hope it will lead to greater convenience for riders.

"... I think everybody who travels uses Google Maps," Transit Manager Andrew Montoya said.

Google Maps provides information such as the time a bus is scheduled to arrive and the fare that is charged for riding it.

"It will tell you everything you need to know," Montoya said.

Red Apple Transit has 14 buses that service eight routes, including five in Farmington, and routes to Kirtland, Aztec and Bloomfield. Montoya said many workers from Kirtland, Aztec and Bloomfield rely on the routes to get to Farmington for their job.

About five months ago, Red Apple Transit hired a consultant to help get an online trip planner set up. The consultant set up the online map with Google, which provides the service for free. Red Apple Transit paid the consultant nearly $3,000.

In addition to being on Google Maps, the Red Apple Transit webpage has a trip planner that can pull up the Google Maps of the route.

Because Google Maps can be accessed from mobile devices, as well as from home computers, Montoya said riders no longer have to rely on paper maps and can easily find how much money they will have to pay to ride the bus.

"It's just so convenient for the rider now," he said.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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