Those who have tried to catch the 352 will appreciate the futility of trying to predict its arrival with something as out-dated as a timetable.

So, here’s some good news for commuters who have been stood up by public transport. Starting today, Google Maps will roll out real-time information on bus, train, tram and ferry networks across New South Wales. The new feature – called Google Transit – will recommend the quickest transport options based on up-to-the-minute data.

Users will be able to see all estimated arrival times and – most importantly – will be notified about any delays. The service will also suggest alternative routes based on changing conditions.

Google Transit launched this morning across dozens of countries but is still not available everywhere. Routes that have real-time information available are marked in Google Maps in green.

The service is available to iOS, Android, and web users.