Just yesterday, Google announced that they have updated Google Maps for Mobile to version 2.2. The big improvement with it this time around is that users will be able to get transit directions for over 40 cities in North America like Chicago, Seattle, and Vancouver and 20 cities around the globe. If you’re familiar with the web version, you’ll have no problem using the mobile version because it’s very similar.

Here are some features that you’ll enjoy (some of which aren’t found on the desktop version of Google Maps quite yet):

  • Searchable transit maps
  • Find the last transit trips of the day (in other words, found out how late you can be out before getting stranded with no way to get back home)
  • Easily browse through earlier or later trips
  • My Location feature makes it easy to set the start point of your trip

With gas prices going up and up and up, more people are exploring other transportation options including public transportation like trains, buses and even ferries. Google Maps for Mobile could make this transition for people much easier by helping them find the routes they need to take and even letting them know how much it will cost.

Below is a video that Google put together which shows off the new Google Maps for Mobile, so if you’d like to see it in action, take a look.