News Summary: Paper maps amid GPS boom


BY The Associated Press

THE OLD DAYS: Colorful road maps bearing the logos of the oil companies that printed them — names like Texaco, Gulf, Esso — once brimmed from displays at filling stations, free for the taking.

THESE DAYS: Websites like MapQuest and Google Maps simplified trip planning. Affordable GPS devices and built-in navigation on smartphones downright transformed it.

FALLLOUT: Transportation agencies around the country are noticing, printing fewer maps to cut department costs or just acknowledging that public demand is down.

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