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Mapquest to integrate Patch content

Directory listings added to mapping site.

MapQuest, the nation's second-largest mapping site, has unveiled a beta version of its new website, which includes integrating Patch.com's directory listings.

After a route is mapped, a toolbar offers the user the option of searching for restaurants, parks, banks, hotels and other local attractions. Patch.com will power that search wherever a Patch site is available.

New York-based Patch launches its 14th Long Island site Wednesday, when Three Village goes live. Two more sites, Rockville Centre and Smithtown, launch in July. Patch also has sites in New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts and Westchester County.

Patch and Mapquest are both AOL companies.

In a company press release, Christian Dwyer, senior vice president and general manager of Mapquest said the revamp creates "a new user experience that helps users discover what is there, nearby and along the way, making it more than how to get from Point A to Point B."

In May, MapQuest drew 49 million unique visitors, second to Google Maps, which had 63 million, according to ComScore.

MapQuest is also ditching its long-standing red logo.

LINKS:

The MapQuest press release

Mashable's look at the new Mapquest, including its link to Patch

An AP report

A MapQuest video about its new site.

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