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Cortana adds public transit reminders in US and UK to help you 'Get Around'

If you frequently use public transportation, Cortana has a nice little surprise for you. Cortana can now alert users in the US and UK about public transit, with notifications for calendar events, as well as updates on delays and outages on buses and trains.

Public transit settings

The new option is found in the Getting Around section under Cortana > Interests. There, you can turn on calendar event updates and select to receive notifications about the best time to leave for an event on your preferred mode of transportation. In addition getting alerts for when it's time to leave for work or head home, you can also choose to receive notifications when the last ride is leaving.

Will you be making use of this new feature in Cortana? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Reddit

107 Comments
  • About time! :)
  • +1 Will be using this daily for my commute to and from college.
  • Need transit info for Japan and Korea so I don't get lost on vacation. Too bad here maps doesn't have it. Bing maps does but we can't use Bing maps on windows phone. The Bing map app on Windows phone uses here data. Funny thing is that Windows phone 7.5 does have Bing maps and transit info for those places. Time to downgrade?
  • IT WORKS IN CANADA TOO! :)
  • No it doesn't
  • Yes it does.  I work in the GTA and she showed Mississauga Transit and Brampton Transit routes for my commute.  It depends if your local transit provider information is available in Bing/HERE Maps.
  • You work in the Grand Theft Auto?
  • GTA = Greater Toronto Area. But we can go with Grand Theft Auto if you prefer. 
  • lol
  • Currently under intrests, I only have News and Weather on my Canadian Lumia 920. Are you set as a US Phone or Canadian? I really miss all of the notifications that I used to get for sports, commute, etc that existed when my Phone was set to US.
  • Same here, I thought I was the only one. What am I doing wrong????
  • Oddly enough I had been using this for a while here in the UK so it's strange that it's only being reported on now.
  • Not strange at all. Cortana features do not deploy universally to all users at the same time, it comes in waves, and it can take weeks. Also, not everyone knows about these features.
  • When does it get here in th U.K. perhaps she is travelling on public transport??
  • Should be here now, if you have WP 8.1 Update 1 then check Cortana>Hamburger button>interests>getting around.
  • I was just about to add that even wmpoweruser and neowin are only just reporting on it now as well.
  • I've had this since day one of the UK beta. In my case it's pretty annoying. It only tells me when its time to leave for work once every few days or so, and then gives me a route involving several buses when I get a direct Overground train every day!
  • My one has no concept of the overhead train systems. Had the same issue with Here Transit.
  • Daniel please help me out. Im from south africa where we use the same english and measurement standards as the UK. so i thought it a good idea to switch my region from US to UK. But now Cortana has left me. Is there another setting except region and keyboard i need to change in order to get the UK cortana to work? Otherwise ill just have to switch back to the US, with the disadvantage of incorrect speech recognition and measurements systems. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thnx
  • Sorry my bad. Jumped the gun there found my problem. I know you would have helped me so tnx for that! ;) haha
  • I dont have Cortana at all?! What am I doing wrong :(
  • My cortana dissapeared after latest wp 8.1 latest update
  • You were too mean, she walked out on you. Sorry
  • You should turn your Location on
  • She found out you were cheating on her with Siri the other night!
  • Nice
  • Heck yes ... Very useful to me in dallas
  • This would be great for my wife who takes the bus everyday to work when I'm away. Now time to convince her to change to windows phone.
  • :)
  • I'm sure this has been available in the UK for a while now. Cortana has been telling me to get the tube to and from work for ages.
  • I've had notifications on public transport for around 2 weeks now. Good to see more are seeing this filter through.
  • My Cortana was behaving weird today...opening and closing on her own repeatedly for about two minutes..now she has calmed down...India..US set as region..maybe this has something to do with it...
  • Woe this is a really nice addition
  • I can't believe I am missing all of these good stuff, I can't...Damn you Verizon...But your day is coming when this contract expire you will beg me not to depart this over 10 years relationship. FU V.
  • Verizon 928 here. Besides Cyan, I'm enjoying everything. What is it that you're missing? I'm on DP 8.1.1.
  • Get the Dev preview OS updates. You'll thank yourself for not waiting on Verizon
  • Although its nice for everyone to shout get the DP but that's not for everyone and carriers should be willing to keep there customers happy and deliver updates when they are available, yes they might want to make sure that the updates are going to work with there network but come on my uk EE 930 got the official 8.1.1 update hours after non branded phones and EE/Orange used to be awful with updates so they must have learned their lesson
  • About damn time. I hated the fact that Cortana gave me traffic info when I clearly take the train to and from work every day. Nice to have it. UPDATE: Just added it but it would be better if they let me set the locations I use for public transit. I do drive also, just not to work. Switching to transit removes the traffic updates. Hopefully they fix this soon.
  • It is a great step into the right direction. It will be tough to implement the decision making you described; to set the favorite transportation method to your favorite places would probably need an refinement of the fav places functionality rather than actual cortana settings. Though I like the idea. Alternatively it would be great to be able set the prefered method of transportation to both?
  • Y no updates for India.. Its still In alpha..
  • Wow that's a very very nice feature, hope we will get the same in France :)
  • Why is "Public Transit" written in a different font?
  • Good eye, and you're right: It's not using Microsoft's now-standard Segoe font-family. Very weird.
  • I don't have the option in interests (t-mobile 925, latest DP update).
  • Found out how to add it. See post further down.
  • This is a crucial feature in Britain, where public transport (trains and buses) is used all the time. Thank you Microsoft! Now if Cortana could learn to pronounce the names of bus and train stations in Wales, that would be brilliant.
  • This is brilliant!
  • It's really smart Microsoft had done pretty well with Cortana
  • There's absolutely no reason to own a Windows Phone and omit the WPCentral app. Cortana's new "Transit" addition is vital information for me. This addition to her capabilities is certainly welcomed. I believe my daily commute to and from school will be more efficient. NYC resident.... Thanks WPCentral for your perpetual reports on useful information, news, and updates.
  • Great! I haven't received this feature yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
  • Interesting, but I'd like to know more about the implementation.   For example, in NYC, where does it pull transit information from, the Here Transit app?  An MTA website? What?
  • Useful if it can be limited to trekking me about delays on the Metro
  • I love love love the last ride reminder, I always worry about that, because I hate taxis in Portland after a night of drinking.
  • Yup, just got a new job that'll require me using the bus so I'll be using this one out ^_^
  • Nice they should just roll bing maps into her
  • Snigger.
  • Indonesia too, since 3 weeks ago
  • ELI5 how to add calendar events so this works. Even with selecting one of bing maps propositions when adding a location, I've never seen the "it's time to leave" window once. 
  • But this is useless outside of London; most buses and trams are not supported by Bing Maps yet (unlike Google Maps or Here Transit).
  • I asked for this in the feedback section! I'm so glad that it's being implemented!!
  • Luckily I don't use public transport, this is particularly good as I must point out Cortana isn't available in the UK unless you are in the developers preview program or pretend you are in the US.     Bob
  • Incorrect. Cortana has been released officially outside of DP now with the 8.1 update.
  • Don't be arrogant if you're ignorant Chris
  • You've lost me.
  • GB Cortana comes with 8.1 Update 1, which isn't officially released to everyone outside of the DP yet.
  • My wife has a Lumia 930 and is not on the DP - she got the 8.1 update last week and has Cortana.
  • ^ This. It is "officially" released. No DP needed.
  • This is awesome! Great for the NYC subway commute..
  • Omg finally I've been waiting for Cortana to give public transit info for ages!
  • can't use this feature yet Cortana not in UK yet Lumia 920.
  • Em yes it is and has been for several months.
  • Dude, not for all phones and all carriers. If you're going to be arrogant, don't be ignorant.
  • What? Cortana is in the UK yes or no? Yes. End of chat. Networks weren't under discussion. If I buy a 930, I have Cortana.
  • Also works perfectly in the Netherlands.. My way to school was nicely mapped for me :D
  • Really interesting. Where Cortana retrieves transit informations? I guess Here Transit? If Nokia will not updated maps, drive and transit (last updates are from April, right before MS has acquired Nokia devices), they absolutely need to build up a reliable Bing counterpart. Maybe not 3 separated apps, but everything included in Bing Maps.
  • I would think Cortana would use Bing.
  • So, are transit direction available in Bing Maps US and UK? Sry I'm from Italy and here Bing is really underdeveloped.
  • Oh yes. Cortana has def needed this. I like to use the train to use my car less. It's old and I only work 10 miles away so I get on my bicycle and ride to the train and ride in then ride all the way home or if tired or ling day take the train. I hope this works well enough to use cause I'm riding more if so. These trains here in Sacramento tend to be early or late. Pisses me off everytime.
  • Lumia Icon here running dev. preview 8.1...why can't I see this option? is it part of the Cyan update that I don't have yet?
  • Find out how to add it. Hamburger.. ➕.. interests.. daily routine.. getting around. And in Arial font instead of Segoe.. Weird.
  • This is so convenient. A service like this would take decades to arrive in India =_=
  • I've been using this for a while in the UK. Unfortunately my main travel option is a Train and trains are not included in Transit Options in the UK. The App keeps telling me to catch buses instead which take hours to get to my work rather than the train which takes 30 minutes. If they could add trains this would become very useful
  • Hell yes
  • Be good to see if Cortana now recognises trains not just buses in the uk
  • Doesn't Cortana need to know what time you need to be at work to give you that info? Where do I tell her that?
  • Can anyone tell me or show me an article of how this is suppose to work? I have looked but could not find anything! Do I have to tell Cortana where I want to go or do I have to enter an address into the "location" section inside a calendar event? And how does she know what time i need to leave?
  • It probably works similar to how it would work when in "driving prefered" mode.  It's based on setting up a location in your calendar, although from my limited testing of it, Cortana can be kind of picky in terms of the location format (I've found that full address works the best (#, street, city, state, zip)).
  • Thanks J_WP for answering my question! I'll give it a try.
  • This is awesome.
  • Yes I hope it works with MNR
  • Huh, I don't even have Cortana in the UK?
  • Cortana comes with 8.1 Update 1, the same update that brings live tile folders, etc.
  • Awesome
  • Wish my Cortana was in the US instead of UK (i have a US account, but a stupid HTC 8X which only lets me use Cortana UK)
  • OMG!!! Spokane, WA is covered for the whole area. Woot! I'm overjoyed. +928*2
  • Nice. Good stuff. I don't use public transit but A LOT of people do. This is a great addition to Cortana and yet another selling point. It would be nice to see a Cortana vs Siri commercial about this feature.:-)
  • Awesome!!! When is it coming to Canada?
  • Great Cortana, this is highlights news today
  • I'm using Nokia Lumia 820 India. I'm waiting for cortana ... It sucks I upgraded my phone for cortana and she is not there...
  • It could be great if she can tell the traffc situation..
  • It's not working yet in Syria:(
  • How do you use it
  • I'm certainly going to try it.  I turned it on already after reading this post.
  • Hi Guys, How can I update Cortana to have this feature? I don't seem to have it on my phone.. I'm on US region Thanks
  • cool, Lets see it in action. just turned on...
  • Also works in The Netherlands. Region setting on US. Running 1020 with devprv 8.1 and Cyan.
  • I'd like it in Italy (Cortana alfa) ​