Okay, TransLink, get on the phone immediately to Google – (650) 253-0000 – and ask to be the next partner for Google Transit.
What’s that? Go here.
TriMet, the Portland Oregon transit agency, has become the first (and so far only) agency to integrate Google Maps with their schedules. So you can now get instructions on how to get from A to B, map included, anywhere they go. So cool.

Comments

  1. I haven’t tried it in a while, but when I played with it last, Google Transit would give you bizarre instructions, like if I’m on 29th & Belmont, there’s a stop on 30th & Belmont, but they tell me to walk down to 16th to get on the stop there? Weird stuff like that.
    It’s cool and fun that google’s doing it, but TriMet’s trip planner still works a lot better.

    That’s what great about blogging: immediate feedback.
    Google brings a vast new group of potential transit users to their interface.  Many people who have Google as their home page may also be people who only have cars in their lives.  They are one step closer to making other choices. 

  2. Word on the street (and internet) is that Greater Toronto is a likely contender to be the next city to get the Google Transit treatment. It seems a number of cities/transit systems want in, but Google isn’t doing much work to advance this project right now. We can still hope, though.

  3. I agree with “no one,” Google shouldn’t be trying to lead on trip planning; the best software systems are already pretty good. But someone needs to compile a layer of frequent transit routes, bike paths, pedestrian paths. As it stands, the auto infrastructure is what’s revealed by default, and it encourages people to continue to understand their spaces, and make locational decisions, in auto access terms.

  4. The current iteration of google transit works pretty well – they’ve made some significant changes over the past few months. It also compares the cost of your transit tickets vs the cost of driving – which is pretty neat.
    I’d say right now the google transit system is as good, or better, than trimets. It will give you multiple routes, transit times + walking, and its based on google maps, so its 1,000 times better than any other system out there.
    I’d just like it if it gave you the option to ride the nearest train, tho, instead of defaulting to shitty bus routes for long hauls – even if its 1 minute longer.

  5. Portland not only has transit info integrated with Google map data, but bicycle route planning as well. See link below.
    http://tripplanner.bycycle.org/?region=Portland,OR
    Google’s willingness to partner with public agencies is an exciting development in traveler information. Not only can you find out when and where your bus is going, you can get info on all sorts of attractions, services, and other destinations along your route. This information is by no means limited to a city or specific geographic area, but could one day cover the entire world! The only limit will be upon the various transportation providers’ willingness to make their data available, such as TriMet has.

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